Opening doors to the sciences

Jul 22, 2005

Kettering's pre-college program introducing junior high girls to Engineering and Science careers receives community support.

Kamp Kettering, a pre-college program sponsored by Kettering University, has received local financial support from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint and the Rotary Club of Greater Flint Sunrise. The program, a one-week summer program with follow-up year-round activities, is for girls entering grades 7 and 8 at schools within Genesee County.

Kamp Kettering received $4,000 from the Women and Girls Fund of the Community Foundation of Flint and $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Greater Flint Sunrise. "These funds are greatly appreciated," said Betsy Homsher, associate dean of Students and director of Women Student Affairs. "Young women are underrepresented in the sciences and engineering. Kamp Kettering, with the support of our community sponsors, opens up a world of career opportunities to girls in the Flint area."

Kamp Kettering is one of several Kettering pre-college programs aimed at involving middle and high school students in math, science and engineering activities through labs and projects. The program is conducted by Kettering faculty members with students serving as mentors. The goal is to encourage girls to consider science and engineering as academic and career options. There will be two Kamp Kettering summer sessions, Aug. 1-5 and Aug. 8-12. Follow-up activities will be offered on Saturdays scheduled through the school year.

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint serves Genesee County and portions of neighboring counties. The Foundation manages endowments totaling over $111 million in 330 funds for a wide range of charitable purposes. Rotary International, celebrating its 100th anniversary, is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs located in 167 countries. The funds for Kamp Kettering were raised by the Greater Flint Sunrise Club through fundraising efforts supporting local organizations serving young people.

Written by Dawn Hibbard
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