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Give them the right tools, and 7-year-olds might just take charge in the kitchen.

College 4 Kids Students After just a week in MCC's Culinary Adventures summer class, Michala Bernal's 7-year-old son was begging, "Can I make lunch for you every day this week?"

Bernal's children participate in the College 4 Kids program, which offers week-long summer classes at locations in Omaha and surrounding areas in June and July. For mothers like Bernal, the classes offer an affordable option for summer education with topics like cooking, weather and robots that excite her kids' imaginations.

For more than 25 years, College 4 Kids (ages 3-11) has mixed fun and learning in classes that feature science experiments, dancing, math games or babysitting basics, among others. The College 4 Teens program (ages 12-15) offers older youth a peek at different careers with classes on interior design, creating a commercial, starting a business or honing computer skills.

College 4 Kids Students Both programs give children and youth exposure to the lifelong educational opportunities that MCC offers. While some classes are offered at MCC locations, others are offered at elementary schools in Omaha, Blair, Gretna and Bennington. Coordinators strive to keep costs low and pass the savings on to families. About half of the program's teachers are new each year, helping keep the classes fresh.

Registration for summer 2011 begins April 1. Last year, about 3,000 youth and teens signed up for the affordable classes; register early to guarantee a spot.

For more information on the program, visit www.mccneb.edu/ce or call (402) 457-2542.

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