The Chandler-Gilbert Community College Coyote Gym hosted a kickoff and Welcome Program for kids on Monday. There was a T-shirt cannon, and Winona Thirion, Interim Dean of Student Affairs provided the welcome from CGCC.
Destination College is a collaboration between Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Chandler Unified School District and the Chandler Education Foundation. Students from Chandler Unified School District Title I elementary schools attend 2 weeks of summer exposure to a college environment.
Incoming 6th graders are bused to and from their elementary schools to the college. They spend four days a week participating in classes and experiences on campus, learning coding, robotics, and science.
Many of the students are first-generation citizens and future first-generation college students. They may not be aware of the opportunities available in technology, or what it takes to be an engineer, scientist or a technical professional.