BARSTOW — Aimed at giving elementary and junior high students a new perspective of Career Exploration and Technical Education, Barstow Community College recently concluded its CTE Summer Camp.

The program emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), with this year’s components including robotic and computer programming, automotive maintenance and manufacturing, business management and marketing and video production, college officials said.

The CTE department of BCC has been hosting the youth program for nine years with a grant from Southern California Edison that helps make it possible, according to college officials.

With four weeks of intensive learning activities, the program allows students in grades 4 through 8 to explore a variety of education and career options available in the community. This year’s camp included a total of 80 students, officials said.

“At the end of the camp each student received a video review of the camp, a certificate of achievement and a yearbook,” BCC spokesperson Chris Clarke said. “We have seen many of our past students graduate from high school, attend and graduate from Barstow Community College and then move on to successful careers in our local workforce.”

The STEM Summer Youth Program held its ninth annual awards ceremony on June 29 at the CTE Center.