RVCC Sets Summer Teen Classes Focusing on College Prep, Music Production, Communication, Leadership

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in Branchburg will offer a variety of classes this summer for middle school and high school students. Programs focus on such topics as music production, entrepreneurship, preparing for college, branding and more. Following is a selection of courses for teens. For a complete listing of all summer youth courses, visit www.raritanval.edu/youth. Personal Branding Workshop for Teens: Students ages 13-17 learn to develop and utilize their personal brand to optimize their social, educational and career-oriented opportunities. The class will be held Monday through Friday, June 22-26, from 1-4 p.m. and repeated July 20-24 (same times). The fee per week is $220. Pre-College Portfolio: Students ages 14-17 develop a visual arts portfolio that is designed to meet college admission requirements. The two-week class will be held Monday through Friday, July 20-31, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $375. Music and Voice Production: Students ages 12-17 develop their skills in such areas as songwriting, music recording, creating voice-overs and operating audio equipment—depending on their own areas of interest. Participants can create their own songs and voice scripts and work interchangeably as both talent and/or crew on such projects as creating voice commercials or TV/radio announcements, or even recording their own hit song. The class will be held Monday through Friday, August 3-7, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $344. Introduction to Entrepreneurship: Students ages 13-17 are taught how to begin thinking more independently about starting and owning their own business. The class will be held Tuesday through Thursday, July 28-30, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $279. The Money Camp: Students ages 13-17 learn about money and wealth building concepts, good and bad credit, and wants versus needs. The program encourages teens to think like entrepreneurs and introduces a simple money management system. The class will be held Tuesday through Thursday, July 7-9, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and repeated August 4-6 (same times). The fee per three-day week is $279. Take Action: Leadership Skills for Success: Students ages 13-17 develop their leadership skills as they are taught how to be proactive and take the initiative in situations. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 6-10, from 1-4 p.m. and repeated August 3-7 (same times). The fee per week is $210. The Power of Positive Communication: Students ages 13-17 improve their relationships with friends, family, teachers and new acquaintances by learning effective styles of communication. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 13-17, from 1-4 p.m. and repeated August 10-14 (same times). The fee per week is $210. SAT Accelerated Test Prep: Students in grades 10-12 not only prepare for the SAT, but also are taught critical thinking skills and test-taking strategies that help improve academic performance. The class will be held Monday through Friday, August 10-14, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is $288. Count Down to 21st Century Careers: Students entering grades 9-12 assess and research options after graduation as they explore their ideal career. Discussion about the advantages of pursuing internships and employment during high school is included. Participants learn about educational and career pathways in health care, hospitality, government, sales, technology and educational arenas. Entrepreneurial pursuits are also featured. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 27-31, from 9 a.m.-noon. The fee is $210. Count Down to College: Students entering grades 9-12 are offered the secrets of success from a college coach who helps participants establish their application “brand.” Students learn about standardized test options; identify safety, target and reach schools; and discuss early decision, early action and regular application advantages. The program includes advice on structuring a college essay, including how to deal with word limits and what topics to avoid. The program also focuses on proper interviewing skills, telephone communication, email correspondences and dressing for success. The class will be held Monday through Friday, July 27-31, from 1-4 p.m. The fee is $210.