Delta County School District would like to invite all Delta County students that attended 5th-8th grade during the 2022-2023 school year to join us at this year’s Summer Exploration Academy!  Taking place June 19th – 23rd, and June 26th – 30th, from 8am-11am, Technical College of the Rockies and Delta Middle School will be hosting a variety of hands-on educational programs centered on exploring new learning adventures and potential future career opportunities.  Students may sign up to attend one or both weeks, and will take a new class for each week they attend.  Attendance is free, and snacks will be provided. Transportation will be available from Cedaredge Elementary, Delta Middle, Hotchkiss K-8,  and Paonia PK-8. 

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Class Information

Class Teacher Description Week(s) Available
3D Printing & Design Doug Cannon / Jaden Borgman Learn the basics of designing and printing 3D objects by using AutoCAD software to design and print their own creations. 6/26 – 6/30
Art of Jewelry Making Jolyn Hughes Learn how to design and make different types of jewelry with beads, clay and more.  Students will make a slideshow of the jewelry they make. Full
Arts and Crafts Jennifer Urich Learn how to design and create different types of arts and crafts including vison boards, tie-dye shirts, paper mache, and more 6/26 – 6/30
Automotive Technology Rob Shenold Learn basic diagnostics, repair, and the ins and outs of engine operations by building a working model engine. Full
Aviation Science Carl Hughes Learn the science behand how objects fly by experimenting with model planes and rockets. Full
Barbering Mike Moreland & Greg Nehmer Learn the basics of hair cutting and running a barber shop. 6/19 – 6/23
Basic Hair Care Marty Flowers Learn the basics of hair care and styling, and by making your own hair products. Full
Beginning Carpentry Todd Thatcher & Mark Anderson Learn the basics of the construction trades by actually building in our new state-of-the-art Mini Wall facility. 6/19 – 6/23 and 6/26 – 6/30
Computer Science/Coding Clara Pena Learn the basics of computer coding and operations through fun hands on activities. 6/26 – 6/30
Cooking and Baking Fundamentals Brittony Shean Learn the basics of cooking and baking delicious meals and treats. Full
Cooking Around the World Kimberly Kane Learn how to make foods from different regions of the world and explore all of the wonderful flavors to be found all over the globe! Full
Floral Design Heather Bayles Learn how to design and arrange beautiful flower bouquets. 6/19 – 6/23
Fly Tying 101 Conner Cannon Learn the ins and outs of fly tying, and the different types of fish to use them on. 6/19 – 6/23
Health Sciences Paula Trickel Learn the basics of how to do CPR, wound treatment, sutures, phlebotomy, checking vital signs, and much more. 6/19 – 6/23 and 6/26 – 6/30
Integrative Health/Massage Julia Schloesser Learn the integrative health practices that help make the foundation of the massage industry by building mind-body awareness, learning about the musculoskeletal system and how to increase range of motion, and studying the different methods and effects of integrative health practices drawn from the National Health Institute’s resources on Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Health Resources. 6/19 – 6/23
Painting Unleashed Annalee Couch Learn both traditional and experimental painting techniques using a variety of mediums to paint on including balloons, t-shirts, rocks, and more. 6/26 – 6/30
Photography Christina Curtis Learn the basics of all things photography including how to frame shots, edit photos, analyze pictures, and more. Full
Rock Hounding & Polishing Dan Dunham Learn how to identify, cut, and polish geodes and other interesting geological specimens. 6/19 – 6/23
Sewing You Need to Know Dora Mueller Learn the basics of all things sewing including, mending, hemming, button attachment, making pin cushions, and much more using a variety of textiles. 6/19 – 6/23
Sports! Marty Rover Learn the basics of a variety of sports, and play, play, play! Full

Frequently Asked Questions

Question Answer

Is there a fee to attend?

No, the Summer Exploration Academy is free to all DCSD students that were in the 5th-8th grade during the 2022-2023 school year.

What are the class times?

Classes will be held from 8 am to 11 am, Monday – Friday, the weeks of June 19th – 23rd, and June 26th – 30th.

Will food be provided?

We will not be providing lunch for the students this year, but we will provide a snack, and we will be releasing the students at 11am, before lunch time.

Will transportation be provided?

Busses will be transporting students from Cedaredge Elementary School, Delta Middle School, Hotchkiss K-8, and Paonia PK-8.  Bus pickup schedules will be sent out to parents and posted on this webpage closer to the academy’s start date.

Where will the classes be held? Classes will be held at the Technical College of the Rockies campus located at 1765 US Hwy 50, Delta, CO 81416, or at Delta Middle School located at 401 E 10th St, Delta, CO 81416.  Parents will be notified of the location of the class their student will attend.
How do I apply? You can click the “Apply Now” button near the top of the screen, or go to and complete the application.  Students will choose 3 potential classes to attend by order of preference, and will be assigned a class on a first come, first serve basis.  We will inform all students of the classes they are taking the week of June 12th. The last day you can apply is June 5th. Please contact if you have any further questions.