For two weeks only, children ages six through twelve can get the higher education experience by attending Meridian Community College’s College 4 Kids program
Students have the opportunity to learn about agriculture, wildlife, healthcare, and sports while attending the program “Whatever their interest is, there’s something they’re going to be doing here. I think "All of My Animals" has plans to milk a goat and so there’s all kinds of interesting things they can do, and they’ll be learning while they’re having a good time.” Said Joy Smith, continuing ed coordinator. It has become traditional for children to travel from across the region just to attend the annual program.
“We have some that are from Texas and Louisiana and Arkansas and they come and they stay with their grandparents a lot of times that’s the children that are from out of town are staying with relatives just to attend college for kids and spend time with their grandparents.” Said Joy Smith, continuing ed coordinator.
To keep students excited about enrolling in the program, new courses have been offered.
“One class that we have that was new was crack the code and It’s like an escape room type activity, but the kids learned teamwork and some values like that through the activities in that class.” Said Joy Smith, continuing ed coordinator. Smith says, they hire the best of instructors to teach the numerous courses that are offered. “A lot of them are professionals or artists in their field and we hire them a lot of them are local and some of them are from surrounding areas and we just hire people who are really good at their craft and what they do.” Said Joy Smith, continuing ed coordinator.