Baldwin students attend College for Kids program

West Shore Community College program aims to increase college, career readiness

BALDWIN — More than a dozen Baldwin Community Schools students attended the College for Kids program at West Shore Community College (WSCC) this month where they took classes on robotics, cinematography and a wide variety of topics.

Thirteen Baldwin students from fifth through eighth grades joined about 200 students from Lake, Mason and Manistee counties Aug. 1-5 at WSCC in Scottville. Students participated in classes on robotics, cinematography, architecture, coding, culinary arts, show choir, debate and pond ecology.

“College for Kids serves as a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn how their individual interests can translate into fulfilling careers,” said Reese Drilling, program coordinator for the Baldwin Promise Zone and College Access Center. “Programs like this help move the needle on college and career awareness and readiness, and ultimately lead to higher degree attainment in our community.”

The students attended the College for Kids program free of charge. Drilling encourages parents and guardians to utilize programs offered by WSCC, the Baldwin Promise Zone and College Access Center as a way to start the conversation with their students about different classes and opportunities available to them. 

“It’s important for students and their families to begin thinking about college and career opportunities early on,” Baldwin Superintendent David Forrester said. “Whether they pursue a career in the skilled trades, a college degree, military service or other pathway, Baldwin Community Schools has resources to prepare them for success.”