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CCWA’s 2018 Summer Youth Camps

CCWA’s 2018 Summer Youth Camps

We’re excited to offer digital arts camps to the region’s youth – now in our sixth summer with industry experts, Black Rocket. While the Minecraft camps continue to be a popular, our new offerings including ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs, Drone Adventures and Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling build skills in a safe and fun environment at our campus locations.

These ten week-long offerings will boost creativity, collaboration and tech savvy for your student. A recent article by the Education Development Center (EDC), “The Future of Work: Three Ways to Prepare Now,” notes “…it’s about helping young people develop a comfort with using, modifying, and creating technologies, and developing the dispositions needed for future success that they will carry forward into the workforce.”

Students were able to upload their work to a website to share with parents, receive comments and access their progress. Returning students were able to create more advanced projects and build onto previous projects.

Click here to download the 2018 Summer Camp flyer.

2018 Summer Camp Offerings:

App Attack!      Fee: $185 

Take the first steps into the world of mobile app design and customize your own game app! Using a specialized app and game development tool, students will explore the world of web-based (HTML5) mobile apps. In addition to learning the basics of mobile app design and game development, you will also see firsthand how the world of App publishing functions. 

JUN 25-29 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Minecraft© Modders      Fee: $185 

Use your favorite game to learn the basics of modding and foundations of programming. Learn scripting and logic statements as you create your first mods! Introductory coding will also be taught through a simulated environment inspired by Minecraft. 

JUN 25-29 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Creative Design and Robotics      Fee: $185 

The world of the future belongs to…robots! In this cutting-edge class students will learn the fundamentals of motorized mechanisms, design principles, sensors, and sound activation. Separate fact from fantasy by designing and building prototypes of task oriented robots. Learn problem-solving to improve how their robots function in a series of design challenges! 

JUL 9-13 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

NEW! Drone Adventures      Fee: $185 

The Drones are here! Let the battles begin. In this hands on, interactive class you will learn how to fly and drive drone robots. Working in teams you will be able to code your drone to compete in missions that will prepare you for the ultimate team challenge at the end of the week. 

JUL 9-13 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

Make Your First Video Game!      Fee: $185 

If you love playing video games, this is the camp for you! Make your first video game in this one-of-a-kind class that shows you the keys to designing your first 2D platformer game. Conceptualization, play experience, level design, graphics, sounds, and simple coding are just some of the concepts that we’ll explore. 

JUL 16-20 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

NEW! ROBLOX® Makers-Coders-Entrepreneurs!      Fee: $185 

Discover how to code in the Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX® , an online universe where you can create anything you dream of. This new class combines game design concepts, coding, and fun! Young entrepreneurs will also learn how to navigate Roblox’s fast growing marketplace to publish their games. 

JUL 16-20 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

NEW! Advanced 3D Video Game with Unity      Fee: $185 

Are you ready to take your game design skills to another level? With Unity, an industry grade design software, aspiring game designers will learn level editing, 3D modeling, intermediate event scripting, and the impact of game play on user experience. 

JUL 23-27 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

AUG 6-10 M–F Mornings MIDLO: REGISTRATION CLOSED

NEW! Code Your Own Adventure! Interactive Storytelling      Fee: $185 

Watch as the characters in your imagination come to life in this unique course that blends classic storytelling with animation techniques and coding. Start with a concept, design the characters, and choose not just one ending, but many! Learn how to create your own text-based adventure games with variables, conditional logic, images, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. 

JUL 30-AUG 3 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED 

Minecraft© Designers      Fee: $185 

If you love the game Minecraft, and always wanted to design your own world, this class is for you! Learn how to create a custom map, the basics of creating 3D models using a new software to design your very own objects, how to build with Redstone and Command blocks, and create custom textures for you to import at home or share with friends. 

JUL 30-AUG 3 M–F Afternoons WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED  

Virtual Reality: The Future is Now      Fee: $205 

Embark on an EPIC adventure in virtual reality! In this cutting edge class, you will learn the foundations of VR design by creating your own virtual worlds, exploring simulated environments, and crafting memorable 3D experiences. At the end of the week, take home your first cardboard VR headset to show friends and family the new worlds you created. 

JUL 23-27 M–F Mornings WDCC: REGISTRATION CLOSED

AUG 6-10 M–F Afternoons MIDLO: REGISTRATION CLOSED 

Seven Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Seven Ways to Protect Your Online Privacy

Today’s news is full of stories of threats to our online privacy and information security. Reports of major retailers having their sales systems compromised and hackers breaching movie studios are commonplace. Government databases with personal, sensitive data are dumped in the public en mass from time to time. Last year, 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft. These crimes resulted in billions in losses for both businesses and the public and impacted over 7% of Americans age 16 and over.

Risks to your privacy, identity and good name are significant. These risks increase as we use the Internet and mobile technology with greater frequency. There are, however, several key steps any technology user can take to profoundly lower their risk of identity theft and boost their privacy.


  1. Use a password manager:
    Password managers are software applications (or apps) that make it effortless to have a unique and secure password for every website and service. The beauty of them is  if one site or service is hacked or compromised, your other accounts are secure. After all, it’s never a good idea to use a common password for multiple accounts.
  2. Use GPS on mobile devices sparingly:
    GPS, or Global Positioning System, permits your phone or tablet to pinpoint its location, anywhere on Earth. In addition to using battery power, GPS coordinates could permit app developers, marketing companies, or malicious entities to know where you are with greater frequency.
  3. Be careful which Wi-Fi networks you join:
    Users should be especially careful when selecting Wi-Fi networks for online connections. An open network, without a security key, should not be an invitation to join. Attaching your computer or device to a network (secure and unsecure) permits individuals running that network to monitor your data and activity. It is not uncommon for crafty individuals to run a fake network specifically geared toward stealing sensitive data. Only join wireless networks with security enabled and those that are deemed “official” and “trusted.”
  4. Read the access privilege requests for mobile applications carefully:
    Many applications for mobile devices are free. These apps, and services, are free because the company behind them hopes to derive some value from you, the user. Social networks and free-to-play games don’t produce their apps out of the goodness of their hearts. They are there to make money. These companies thrive from obtaining your data including your personal information, interests and your social connections. Apps and games will request permission for certain types of data on your device. Read these notices carefully. If something seems suspicious, cancel and remove the application.
  5. Always guard your date of birth and telephone number:
    Be very careful when, where and how you share your date of birth. This key bit of information, alongside your full name is a vital component of identity theft. Many companies and services use birth date for security verification. Compromising it opens the door to a world of problems. Likewise, your phone number, both home and cell, factor into many cases of identity theft. Be especially cautious with this
  6. Keep your professional and personal presences separate:
    If you have email through your employer, keep online use work related. Your employer has the indefinite right to archive and access any communication with this account. You should always keep your private and personal emails separate and on a secure system. More importantly, by keeping work email free from personal information, you lessen your risk of a privacy breach. You never know if someone with access to those work emails has ill intentions, long after you depart.
  7. Always use encryption:
    Encryption is your best friend. Encryption technologies keep our information private, secure and free from external, prying eyes. Many services such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and others offer “always-on” encrypted connections. You should look for settings in these accounts that force a secure connection. Additionally, some browsers support extensions that request secure connections from visited websites.

Morales, Dave 003522350.2CCWA offers other training, including webinars on mobile and web information security. You can review and register for these trainings online with CCWA.

Authored by: Dave Morales, Director of Information Technology, Community College Workforce Alliance

Some of Your Common Microsoft Word Questions Answered

Some of Your Common Microsoft Word Questions Answered

Students come to Microsoft Word classes ready to learn – but, more importantly with a list of questions they are eager to have answered. Here are some of the most common Word questions that get asked in class:


Question 1: Every time I type an address it ends up looking like this! How do I change the line spacing for good?

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