West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Challenger Learning Center set an all-time high for the number of students enrolled in its various summer camp programs, bringing in 490 throughout the season.

Students from around the region and country enrolled in camps to learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the week-long offerings the center has been providing since 2002.

"We are greatly rewarded when we watch many campers grow up through the different stages of camp and then come back to volunteer for us," director Mellisa Duncan said. "Many students even opt to do some camps more than once, they love them so much."

Over the past 17 years, the CLC summer camp program has expanded its programming efforts to include adventures such as spy, CSI and aviation camps. Offerings have also been opened to a larger variety of age groups from kindergarten to age 16.

"Our staff strives to provide fun, quality STEM summer camp programming for our community, and I believe our continued growing numbers show that we are doing just that," Duncan said.

"Several of our camps are also unique to only our program such as the Underwater Astronaut Camp where participants learn to scuba and train underwater like astronauts."

Information about more programs at the Challenger Learning Center can be found at www.clcpaducah.org or by calling 270-534-3101. Pre-registration is required to participate in all camps.

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