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Chandler Unified’s Destination College summer program

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Abigail, A Fifth Grader In Chandler Unified's Destination College Program Talks About What She Enjoys About The Three-week Summer Learning Experience. Photo By Mary Irish/AZEdNews

Chandler Unified School District offers its Destination College summer program to incoming sixth graders at six of its Title I schools to expose them to the college environment at Chandler Gilbert Community College.

The program is a collaborative effort between Chandler Gilbert Community CollegeChandler Unified School District and Chandler Education Foundation.  

The students take the bus to and from their elementary schools to the college, where they spend four days a week participating in classes and experiences on campus.

“It’s a three week camp where they get to learn about different things STEM related. They have robotics class. They do engineering stuff and then we have different guest speakers, we go on field trips and do different things with them,” said Cecilia Loera, director of the Destination College summer program.

Video by Mary Irish/AZEdNews: Chandler Unified’s Destination College summer program

At the end of the program, students take part in a graduation ceremony.

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Chandler Unified’s Destination College program coordinator Cecilia Loera with one of the program’s graduates. Photo courtesy Chandler Education Foundation