Explore Skilled Trades Camp

Young men and women learning about welding, auto repair and surgical technology

This summer camp, offered by Global Campus and its partners, gives young people ages 13 to 18 the opportunity to explore careers in skilled trades.

Camp participants will engage with industry professionals and employers, using their hands and minds to complete a set of three different projects related to the skilled trade professions highlighted in this program.

Each day, participants will learn about skills in one of the following:

  • Learn about Industrial and Ammonia safety
  • Look and use power tools
  • Learn about ammonia and how it works

Shane Hall has been in the industry for over eight years. He teaches the ammonia part of our Industrial Maintenance program. He loves being in the classroom and teaching in the lab about how to fix and support broken industrial equipment. He enjoys cooking and playing with his dogs.

  • Sterile technique
  • Operate surgical cameras for laparoscopic surgeries
  • Dress up in surgical attire and learn to scrub hands in a surgical environment

Kendra Thomspon is a Surgical Technologist. She has been in the field over 15 years. She leads the department in Surgical Technology. She has worked in the field in many of the area hospitals and enjoys teaching. She also teaches CPR for our students and staff. She loves making crafts, spending time with her family and her fur babies!

  • Welding Safety
  • Run the Plasma cutter
  • Mig Welding

James Ruthledge has been a welder for the past 10 years. He attended NWTI over 10 years ago. He helps with our secondary and post-secondary students. He likes to weld decorative gates and doors. He enjoys cooking, guitar and fishing.

  • Set up computers
  • Common shortcuts in using computers
  • Tips and Hacks for Windows 10

Seth Keddy is a native Arkansan. He is ex- military and relocated back here to work for Walmart. He enjoys building computers, playing games and anything associated with computers. He loves hiking and biking. His favorite thing is playing 'Call of Duty"


Snacks and water will be provided, but not lunch. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch. Wear comfortable clothing, pants and closed-toe shoes each day. Students who do not wear closed-toe shoes and pants will not be able to participate and will be sent home. Please wear/bring a mask. Watch the weather because workshop classroom temperatures will vary.


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9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Program fee covers insurance, snacks and camp related expenses.

Northwest Technical Institute
709 S Old Missouri Rd
Springdale, AR 72764

This camp brings science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), and skilled trades to camp participants ages 13 to 18, in a fun and challenging way through classes, interaction with skilled professionals, and hands-on projects. This is great camp for young people interested in learning more about engineering, business, vocational, technical and entrepreneurial careers.

We are excited to inspire camp participants to build on their natural curiosity by teaching concepts through hands-on learning. Skilled trades, after all, are some of the fastest growing industries in the world!


A few reasons your child (and you) will love the Explore Skilled Trades Camp:


  • Innovative Curriculum
    Your child will learn business and trade vocabulary words and important skills for success while having a great time!

  • Creative Exercises
    Your child will solve problems like a real professional. Our projects encourage teamwork, critical thinking skills and an early love for STEM and technical concepts.

  • Fun, Hands-On Activities.
    We'll engage your child's hands and mind.

  • Problem-Solving With Others
    Two minds are better than one! Camp participants will learn how to work together and communicate with each other while meeting new friends.

Offered in partnership with

Northwest Technical Institute