Summer Academy

What is the MTC Academy?

MTC Academy is an exciting summer enrichment opportunity at Massanutten Technical Center for rising sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City.

What will my student do at the MTC Academy?

Each day, students will participate in hands-on activities that explore various aspects of their chosen program. 

2018 MTC Academy Program Choices:

_____ Carpentry – Hammer Time: Have you ever wanted to be a “fixer-upper?” Then the MTC Carpentry Academy is for you! This program introduces students to various hand tools and allows them to build small projects designed to help understand the tools and machines of the trade, as well as carpentry skills you can use at home! You will leave the week with the ability to be the next “Chip or Joanna” and fix or build your next project at home! _____ Computer Programming – Coding Kids Unlimited: Experience a summer camp adventure where computer characters are at your command through the M.I.T. Scratch visual programming language. This introductory course will introduce you to the basic principles behind object-oriented programming. You will learn how to program your own stories, animations, and a simple game, as well as how to share your creations on the web.

_____Collision Repair – Become a “CARtist”: Have you ever wanted to bang out dents in a car or create art on a metal canvas? In Collision Repair, you can make treasures that last a lifetime! Learn how to sand down panels for painting, use car paint and wood grain techniques to create unique projects, and much more. This hands-on experience will have you excited to repaint your parent’s car in no time! (Kidding!)

_____ Cosmetology – Look Good, Feel Great: Would you like to learn how to style your own hair or your friend's hair the "professional" way? Learn how to give a professional shampoo and style to your "client"! You will also learn basic manicuring, pedicuring and facials! Get a jump start on your Cosmetology career by attending the MTC Academy!

_____ Criminal Justice/Forensics – Who Did It?: You will receive practical instruction in Forensics and Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) and we will cover the basic topics of crime scene processing. This hands-on program will include latent fingerprint processing, as well as DNA search and collection, crime scene practical exercise, and much more.

_____ Fire/Rescue – Be a Hero: This is not an ordinary class....here you will not be a spectator...you will be in the action! You will learn how to put out a live fire with a fire extinguisher, practice search and rescue techniques, and learn how to tie several emergency knots. Students will also learn to talk on a walkie "Firefighter Style" and participate in hands-on practice for First Aid techniques. There’s even a “Get Wet" Day, where you will practice using proper techniques to put out simulated fires.

_____ Fishing Experience – Hook, Line, and Sinker: Reel in an amazing experience learning how to fish with MTC! Aspiring fishermen and fisherwomen will learn all about the basics of fishing, from tying knots and casting, to picking out the best lures to catch THE BIG ONE! Students will take mini trips to local fishing spots, learn about safety in and around the water, and how to hook, fight, and release fish. (Supplies will be on hand, but if your student has poles they like to use, feel free to bring them.) Come get HOOKED on fishing at the MTC Academy! (Interested students should have basic swimming abilities.)

_____ Nursing – Your prescription for FUN!: In Nursing 101, students will learn the different types of nursing from Nursing Assistant, LPN, RN, to Nurse Educator. Activities will include: Glow germs and handwashing; how to take vital signs and help people in emergency situations; look at the anatomy of the human body and it’s functions using hands-on projects, plus many other fun and interactive activities. Come have fun with Nursing 101.

_____ Small Engine Repair – Get Your VROOM On!: Cruise on in to learn how to tear apart and reassemble a real engine! Students will get their hands dirty learning all about the four-stroke engine and how to make it run, the ins and outs of gas engines, and how technology has evolved throughout history. Get your motor running to the MTC Small Engine Repair Academy!

_____ Veterinary Assistant – Animal Love: Are you a pet lover? Do you enjoy working with small and large animals? We will be covering breeds, anatomy, diseases, and preventions for our common cats and dogs. Instruction also includes work involving horses, cows, and sheep. This class can be used to obtain knowledge to care for a healthy pet or it could be used as a stepping stone to a career in Animal Science and beyond. Small field trips will be taken to a local animal clinic, and the MTC working land lab/farm.

_____ Visual Effects/3D Animation – 3D Character Animation: Ever watch a Pixar or Disney animated movie and wonder what it takes to be an animator? Now you have a chance to find out. Come and learn the basics of character animation and create your own videos to show off to your family and friends. Be ready to bring your ideas to life! No prior experience is needed -- just basic computer knowledge.

_____ Welding – Sparks Will Fly: Interested in welding and metalworking? Layout work, blueprint reading, simple welding mathematics, and MIG and stick welding practice are provided in this unique lab experience. Hands-on activities will create awesome products to take home! Safety equipment will be provided onsite.

What are the dates and times?

The 2018 Academy will be held Monday, June 25th through Friday, June 29th from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day.

How does my student get to MTC?

Bus transportation for students will be provided from each middle school or students can may be dropped off at MTC before 8:30 a.m. on the session days.

How do we learn about this year's MTC Academy?

Click here for an information letter that will also be sent home withrising sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth graders in Rockingham County and Harrisonburg City in Spring 2018 to be completed and returned for enrollment.

Is there a cost for the MTC Academy?

The registration fee for the 2018 MTC Academy is $110.00.  The fee covers costs of instruction, supplies, and transportation.  

Join us for this years MTC Academy!