Traditional Integration Collaborative summer programs continue despite move

Summer programs are open to students from any of NCIC’s six member-school districts.

 Sharon Johnson
Sharon Johnson<br/>
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WORTHINGTON — In May, Nobles County Integration Collaborative moved from its location at Minnesota West Community & Technical College to West Learning Center. The college needed the space for a new program. West Learning Center is only a temporary home because space for NCIC is being built in the new District 518 Community Education building, which will be complete in early 2023.

In spite of the recent move, NCIC staff will be facilitating their traditional summer programs. These summer programs are open to students from any of NCIC’s six member-school districts. Programs begin in July to avoid conflicts with summer school programs.

Time to Share is a popular summer program for parents and their early elementary aged students to attend together. The program includes literacy activities, nutrition education, lunch and recreational activities. It is co-sponsored by Nobles County Library and University of Minnesota Extension Service. Families may sign up for either Tuesday or Thursday mornings in July, with the program running from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at West Learning Center.

Summer Lunch & Learn will take place at Watland Park and Millard Park in Worthington. Students may come for lunch from the summer food program any weekday. They can stay for activities led by NCIC staff and high school volunteers from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Activities will include literacy, science, arts and crafts and recreational games.

Youth entering grades 7 and 8 may sign up to participate in NCIC’s two-week Math & Art Camp. The camp will strengthen math skills, challenge youth to use problem solving skills and incorporate math into fun activities. Students will also engage in an art activity each day of camp. Facilitators are Kathy Janssen and Lay Yu Paw, along with other NCIC staff members. Math & Art Camp will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 11-21, at West Learning Center. Then participants will have the opportunity to go on a field trip to the science museum on Friday, July 22.


All of these opportunities are offered free of charge. Transportation is available in Worthington and can be arranged from adjacent districts if needed. Please call (507) 376-3300 to sign up in advance.

Finally, NCIC staff and student volunteers will facilitate children’s activities at the International

Festival in downtown Worthington on Friday evening, July 8. Area families are encouraged to come enjoy the festival and NCIC’s children’s activities!

NCIC posts information on both Facebook and Instagram. We invite you to follow us on these social media platforms, so that you can be aware of academic and integration learning opportunities throughout the year.

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