JUNE 23-24-25, 2020

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily

Course information for 2020, registration coming soon!

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What is Career Academy for Kids?

If you liked College for Kids, you’ll love Career Academy for Kids! CA4K is a new take on the former College for Kids summer day camp. With more diverse sessions aimed at offering kids a variety of opportunities to try their hand at new skills, a new name was in order! CA4K is a three-day summer program of enrichment classes operated by Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District. Classes are designed to help students currently enrolled in grades 2-8 experience a particular field of interest in-depth and hands-on. Camp takes place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

Where does Career Academy for Kids take place?

NEW LOCATIONS FOR 2019: Career Academy for Kids will be held in two new locations for 2019! Due to construction at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey, CA4K programs will take place at Harbor Springs Middle School/Shay Elementary and at the Boyne City High School campus. The course listing will clearly state which class is at which location. The High Flyers course will still take place at Pellston Regional Airport.

When can students register for CA4K?

Browse the offerings, posted below, and prepare for online registration. Registration date will be published soon. Link to registration will be posted on this page and the Char-Em ISD home page, through social media and in flyers sent home to students the prior week.

What is the cost? Is transportation available?

The cost for Career Academy for Kids is $80, which includes breakfast, lunch and a T-shirt! Char-Em ISD will provide transportation to and from Harbor Springs and Boyne City, at no additional charge! Look for transportation registration details during the course registration process. You will need to register your student for transportation; space will be limited. Each bus will make a stop in Petoskey.  (Note: transportation is not provided to Pellston Regional Airport for the High Flyers class.)

Transportation Route Details (2019 schedule)

Boyne City to Harbor Route:
Depart Boyne City – 7:45 a.m.
Arrive Petoskey Middle School – 8:15 a.m.
Depart Petoskey Middle School – 8:25 a.m.
Arrive Harbor Springs – 8:45 a.m.
Harbor to Boyne City Route:
Depart Harbor Springs – 7:45 a.m.
Arrive Petoskey Middle School – 8:05 a.m.
Depart Petoskey Middle School – 8:15 a.m.
Arrive Boyne City – 8:45 a.m.
BC to Harbor Afternoon Route:
Depart BC – 2:30 p.m.
Arrive Petoskey Middle School – 3 p.m.
Arrive Harbor – 3:15 p.m.
Harbor to BC Afternoon Route:
Depart Harbor – 2:30 p.m.
Arrive Petoskey Middle School – 2:45 p.m.
Arrive BC – 3:15 p.m.

Need more information?

Please contact Tory Thrush, Char-Em ISD Career/College Readiness Consultant, (231) 582-8070

EASY ONLINE Registration opens April 15, 2019! Courses fill quickly, be sure to register early for your child’s preferred class! 

2019 Career Academy for Kids courses


@Harbor Springs Middle School/Shay Elementary

3D Printing
Current grades: 4, 5, 6
Instructor: Lewis Robinson
The class will take students through the 3D printing process from beginning to end, starting with an overview of the parts of the printer and the different types of plastic filament used. The course will use Delta-style printers (Eris and Athena models) as the basis for learning how to set up, calibrate and operate a 3D printer, and students will learn how to design 3D models with Tinkercad and Thingiverse software.  

CA4K Jam Session
Current grades: 4, 5, 6
Instructor: Jason Byma
Using the latest Apple technology students will learn how to record, edit, master and produce their own music composition. Students will create their own music using their voice, instruments, and computer-generated sounds.  

Outdoor Authors
Current grades: 3, 4, 5
Instructor: Rachel Jackson
Description: Channel your inner writer by writing in the great outdoors! Come with me and write your way through our Northern Michigan community. Let  the surrounding area inspire you as you put pen to paper alongside the bluff and bustling streets of summertime. We will explore the craft of writing and write in many different genres by letting perspective be our guide. Get ready to channel your inner author and write your heart out!

Public Safety Challenge
Current grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
Instructor: James Cousino
Description: Each day, students will learn hands-on activities taught by Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Law Enforcement professionals. Patient simulators, mock crime scenes, and investigations are part of this exciting class. See actual fire trucks and ambulances and try out the equipment they use. Respond and investigate a simulated crime scene, look for evidence, interview suspects, and catch the bad guy! 

Tourist in your own Town!
Current grades: 4, 5, 6
Instructor: Beth Anne Piehl
Description: Do you love Northern Michigan and want to share its beauty with the world? We do, too! In this course, you will learn basic photography skills first, then we will visit some of Harbor Springs’ most treasured spots to capture photographs and some video. Next, we’ll turn your images into promotional pieces to share through social media and in print brochures by learning graphic design. Cameras will be provided, or bring your own! Students are also welcome to bring their own phones for capturing videos and photos.

UAVs 1-2-3!
Current grades: 5, 6, 7, 8
Instructor: Rob LaPoint
Description: This course is designed to provide basic knowledge of drones, also known officially as Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). It will include the essential topics of operational training, safety, flight basics, drone building and careers utilizing UAVs. Drones are on the forefront of technology; their many uses are just being realized for organizations, businesses, public safety, deliveries, and individual hobby enjoyment. The opportunities are endless in learning this skill of the future!

What’s Up?
Current grades: 2, 3, 4
Instructor: Natalie Hebden
Description: Explore “What’s Up?” with life in Northern Michigan and how information, alerts, and emergencies come to life in our everyday world. Take a trip to TV 9&10’s newsroom to learn how to broadcast the news, weather, and sports. Visit with local disc jockeys from Lite 96FM to learn which songs to play when. And, see where 911 calls are answered to find out how police, fire departments, and medical emergency staff know where, when, and how to help serve the people in Northern Michigan.


@Boyne City High School campus

CA4K Chopped!
Current grades: 6, 7, 8
Instructor: Jon Kirk
Kids will have an exploration in cooking with fun and tasty recipes while gaining valuable experience that can be used in their home kitchens. Chef-led cooking activities and instructions are designed to help students familiarize themselves with a home kitchen.

Current grades: 2, 3, 4
Instructor: Cindi Place  
Description: Do you love a good challenge and technology? Like creativity and working with your hands? Explore the world of coding and robotics by building, coding, and playing with robots. Learn about free coding resources, too, through challenges, competitions, and much more.

Fun with Nature
Current grades: 2, 3, 4
Instructor: Jessa LaBlance
Description: If you enjoy being outdoors, exploring nature, and being an active observer, you’ll love our daily hikes or outdoor activities to explore animals, birds, plants, landscapes, insects, fish, and more in nature. Dress for the weather and outdoor adventures.

Just the News
Current grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Instructor: Amy Klopf
Description: As student journalists, learn about the newspaper business by interviewing, investigating, and photographing all the exciting activities taking place during Career Academy  for Kids. Our busy newsroom will produce and distribute a newsletter and webpage recording all CA4K activities. Explore local, national, and international current events via the Internet and print resources.

Rube Goldberg Machine Class
Current Grades: 6, 7, 8
Instructor: Paul Nachazel
Description: The Rube Goldberg Machine Class will let students explore their creativity while engineering a homemade machine to perform a specific task. The machine will be made from everyday household items such as paper towel tubes, marbles, dominoes, string, buckets, cards, toy cars, and anything and everything the students can think of to use. The students will work in groups and at the end of CA4K we will put each group’s creation together to make a big awesome machine! It will be a fun, hands on science+art+engineering class!

Video Vision! Introduction to Video Production
Current grades: 5, 6, 7, 8  
Instructor: Ethan Hewitt
Description: Learn the fundamentals of video production. Choose to create a commercial, vlog, or movie using professional cameras and editing software. Hands-on experience with production equipment allow students to create your very own masterpiece.


High Flyers
Current grades: 6, 7, 8
Instructor: Dean Paul
Come fly with us and navigate the exciting world of aviation in this high-flying class where students will be introduced to the basics of flying. Hand-on activities include drone and  flight simulators. Meet with real pilots, tour planes, and get a chance to sit in the pilot’s seat. Do not wait to book your ticket or you might miss the flight!


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