Penn State DuBois Youth Program Named Among the Best in the Nation
“Kids in College (KIC)” at Penn State DuBois was recently recognized as one of the Best Summer Kids’ Programs at Universities and Four-year Colleges by LERN. An international association of lifelong learning programming, offering information and resources to providers of lifelong learning programs, LERN recognized the KIC program at Penn State DuBois in its July/August 2008 publication.
“Kids in College has been a part of the Penn State DuBois campus since 1985,” indicates Sueann Doran, coordinator for the program. “Both the number of course offerings and the number of participants have grown during the program’s existence. It’s a great way for kids from 4-years-old through 6th grade to have experiences that are not normally part of the school curriculum.”
Doran will be part of a panel at the LERN Annual Conference, held in San Francisco in November, to share and trade ideas regarding running large and successful summer programs. She is excited that the program was recognized for its success and credits the teachers, parents and staff members who work with her every year to produce the quality program.
“Seeing the enthusiasm that children have and the fun they experience as they learn, is the best part of working with the program,” according to Doran. When asked how she feels KIC has been beneficial for youth of the area, Doran replied, “I have seen children come back year after year with an excitement that is beyond belief. They spread out through the campus and infect everyone with their enthusiasm. That enthusiasm and love for learning goes with them to other aspects of their life and that is the critical component to success in anything they do. I think it has given children a chance to learn more about the subjects and hobbies they love the most – and they have fun doing it! Also, parents love the fact that our program is available to give their children something more mentally stimulating to do in the summer.”
KIC classes usually meet during June and July. Look for your brochure, describing next summer’s classes for this award winning program, in March, 2009!