Career Exploration Camp Returns to SIC

May 8, 2019

Middle school students will have the opportunity to begin exploring the various career options available in the world this summer. Southeastern Illinois College Community Education will be hosting a Career Exploration Camp July 29 through Aug. 1. The camp, which is open to students of grades 6 through 8, will feature some of the various study and career opportunities available at SIC.

Students can choose between classes involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), Welding and Diesel Technology. Each class will be taught by SIC instructors and members of the various student clubs on campus.

Lori Cox, the Associate Dean of Workforce and Community Education, believes that this experience will be of great benefit to every student involved.

“These camps will allow the students to gain hands-on experience and knowledge about career fields available to them in the future,” said Cox.

The STEM class will be taught by Jason Fitzgerald, Aaron Poole and the SIC Math and Science Club. Students will gain hands-on experience and knowledge in the fields of microbiology, chemistry, biotechnology and physics.

The Diesel Technology class will be taught by Chris Jones and the SIC Diesel Club. Students in this class will receive hands-on experience with basic mechanical skills and techniques. The class will also offer a base knowledge of the theory of internal combustion engines as well as how to assemble working engines.

The Welding class will be taught by Mark Thomas and the SIC Welding Club. Students in this class will learn welding safety, work on welding techniques and will create a project.

Cox believes that the camp will give students a preview of what SIC has to offer for college.

“The Career Exploration Camp shows both students and parents what SIC has to offer them for college and career readiness,” Cox said.

The Career Exploration Camp is from July 29 to August 1. The STEM camp and Welding camp will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon each day, and the Diesel technology camp will run from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per student, per camp. If students attend more than one camp, lunch will be provided. To register for the class, download and fill out the form included in the camp flyer available at and return to Lori Cox by July 23.

For further information, contact Lori Cox at (618) 252-5400 ext. 2300 or by email at or visit