CCPREP Exposes Campers to Career Options As They Continue Studies During Summer

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

Summer is just around the corner. The three-month summer hiatus from school for most youth usually means going to the beach, hanging out with friends and just taking it easy.

For young geniuses who want to spend more time in the classroom this summer, the Corpus Christi Prefreshman Engineering Program (CCPREP) at Del Mar College will give dedicated sixth through ninth graders the opportunity to solve mathematical problems, design engineering wonders, learn about computer operating systems and languages and more. 

The seven-week camp, which runs June 12 through July 31, is FREE to accepted participants. The first-round deadline to apply is noon Friday, May 2, at the DMC Mathematics Department, Room 109, Memorial Classroom Building, East Campus at Ayers and Baldwin.

Information about the program, deadlines, parent orientation and downloadable application forms are available at Parents can also call the Math Office at 698-1238 or contact CCPREP Program Director James Shollenberger at 361-698-1671 or

CCPREP is made possible with Flint Hills Resources serving as corporate sponsor again this year. The annual summer program at Del Mar College is the local site of the Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program.

The program targets high ability middle school through high school students interested in pursuing careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields. CCPREP is challenging and rigorous, including classroom study, homework and group projects. Youth are also exposed to engineers and scientists during lectures and field trips while benefitting from a “hands-on” college experience.

Completing the camp is worth one high school elective credit. CCPREP organizers strongly urge females and students from minority groups who have been traditionally underrepresented in science and engineering to apply for participation.

“The Corpus Christi Prefreshman Engineering Program is perfect for any student who is curious about STEM-based careers,” says James Shollenberger, DMC assistant professor of mathematics. “Students learn about career options, along with paths and resources available to pursue these careers. In fact, over 80% of PREP graduates go on to finish at least a bachelor’s degree.”

Activities campers can expect to engage in are the robotic competition among first-year students, an architectural project with the American Institute of Architects for second-year students and a project that involves preparing business proposals for third-year students.

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