A new summer and afterschool program for junior high school students that combines technology and art education will be offered at Laguna Middle School.
The Cal Poly center is committing $10,000 to the new endeavor that will include teaching students the basics of graphic design and how to create films and produce magazines.
The activities will serve sixth- through eighth-graders with the goal of inspiring them to complete high school and attend four-year colleges with scholarships. The Youth Institute is an extension of a pilot program under way in Cambria.
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The San Luis Obispo program, like the one in Cambria, will be led by Cal Poly liberal arts alumnus Dan Hartzell and will help develop skills that could lead to students pursuing technical careers.
The San Luis Obispo summer program runs weekdays from July 6 to Aug. 8. The cost is $750.
To sign up, call 543-8235 or for more information, go to http://sloymca.org/programs/details.php?page=14&program=169.