• Free Summer Day Camp

    July 11, 2017
    Becky McDonough

    Central Virginia students last chance to register for Advanced Technology summer camps July 26- 29 and August 9-12

    Hopewell, VA, July 11, 2017 – Sixty rising ninth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade area public schools will attend Dream it. Do it. Virginia (DIDIVA) Advanced Technology (AT) Summer Experiential Learning Camp from July 26 – 29 or the newly offered second camp session from August 9-12.  Both camps are hosted at ITAC in Chester and are free to participants.

    The camp will assign the students into teams and provide them with a hands-on learning opportunity to better understand what goes into the making of a product.  Students will experience production planning, safety management, team-building, budgeting and shared resources, concluding in a competition to produce the best quality products.  Members of the winning team will each receive a $500 scholarship from the Virginia Industry Foundation to be used for post-secondary education or training which would lead them to STEM careers, like manufacturing. 

    The DIDIVA Advanced Technology camp will include field trips to Fort Lee’s Welding School, part of the Transportation Campus, and Service Center Metals in Prince George, a growing aluminum extrusion and aluminum foundry. The camp is being coordinated in partnership with the Hopewell-Prince George Chamber as a DIDIVA regional partner, representatives from the Hopewell, Dinwiddie and Prince George School Divisions, local industry sponsors and coaches, the John Randolph Foundation and the Virginia Manufacturers Association.

    Among those organizations supporting the program are ITAC, , Prince George Electric Co-op, Dynegy, Service Center Metals, AdvanSix.

    The Advanced Technology Camp model was developed by STIHL Inc., a global manufacturer of chain saws and other outdoor power equipment, with its US operations located in Virginia Beach, and presented to the Dream it. Do it. Virginia network as an opportunity to host students throughout the state for this valuable hands-on learning experience.  The advanced technology camps are held throughout the state.  This summer will be the fifth season for camps for the Hopewell Prince George area.

    “DIDIVA is a network created by industry in order to drive the next generation of employees to career opportunities in manufacturing.  Many people don’t think of manufacturing as having STEM-related careers. They have an image of manufacturing that is really decades old and doesn’t reflect today’s manufacturing and the opportunities that are available., which is why this type of hands-on experience is so important to help change the image of industry,” said Melissa Gordon, DIDIVA State Director.

    DIDIVA has also recently launched a new integrated Career Information System (CIS) found at www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com, which is a free “one-stop” resource available to the public to help aid in career exploration, link people to job opportunities, demonstrate how to “budget your life,” offer online skills and interest assessments, create a professional portfolio of resumes, and more. The CIS allows for an interactive experience through five channels, “Explore, Ready, Train, Assess and Employ”, that provide free access to programs throughout the Commonwealth to support individuals in pursuit of advanced technology careers, such as the advanced technology summer camps.

    About Dream It. Do It. Virginia
    The Dream It. Do It. Virginia (DIDIVA) outreach and awareness network is a partner of the National Dream It. Do It. network as developed by the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and expanded to Virginia in 2007 by the Virginia Industry Foundation (VIF) and VMA. The DIDIVA network’s mission is to encourage people to explore and pursue advanced technology careers in Virginia, like manufacturing, biotechnology, robotics, nanotechnology, aviation, energy, information technology, healthcare and more.  DIDIVA offers a free, online career resource tool built by Virginia’s advanced technology sector to help individuals learn more about exciting career opportunities and connect them with possible future employment, as well as a two-time award winning “So What Do You Do?” integrated marketing campaign featured in all its media.  For more information, visit www.dreamitdoitvirginia.com.