Vocational-technical school offering hands-on camp for kids to learn about trades

Lynne Adkins
June 10, 2019 - 4:00 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia-area vocational-technical school is offering kids a summer camp that give them more profitable skills than archery. 

Middle school students can get a hands-on account of what it's like to make a cake, fix a car, design a garden or give a facial at Central Montco Technical High School. 

Marketing Coordinator Fred McCarthy says the Grab-A-Day Activity Camps are designed to get kids excited about jobs that require skill, knowledge and problem solving.

"There is a huge skills gap right now, and there are a lot of jobs out there in the trades that just cannot be filled, so we're trying to address that problem. We constantly have employers call us, 'we need plumbers, we need electricians, we need auto mechanics, we need people to work in the kitchens in the restaurants,'" McCarthy said. 

The camps run Tuesday through Thursday from July 9 through July 25. Students in the Colonial, Norristown, Upper Merion and Lower Merion districts can drop in for just a day or everyday.