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Students in grades eighth through 12th who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs can now apply to attend the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!).

YEA! is a hands-on program that meets weekly after school and helps students identify their passions, transform their ideas into fully-formed businesses or nonprofit organizations and develop leadership skills.

During the program, which is similar to the show “Shark Tank,” students will connect with local legendary entrepreneurs, pitch to investors for start-up funding and compete for college scholarships.

In partnership with Southeastern Louisiana University and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, the classes will be held at LSBDC’s office at 514 Martens Drive, Hammond, on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The first class is Sept. 13, 2022.

For more information and to apply, visit Space is limited; the deadline to apply is Aug. 24 or when the class is full, whichever comes first.

Free coding camp for kids

Northshore Technical Community College is holding a free camp to teach basic computer program coding to kids from 8 a.m. to noon each day from July 25-28.

The camp will be held at the NTCC Sullivan Campus, 1170 Sullivan Drive, Bogalusa.

The camp is designed for 8-to-12-year-olds. They will learn the basics of programming with wearable Code Cubes for beginning coders.

Campers learn block-based programming to create artistic animations, colors and patterns that can play sounds or change as they move them around. The Coding Cube is theirs to keep at the end of camp. Snacks will be provided.

This camp is provided free of charge through a grant from International Paper.

IT camp for kids

Northshore Technical Community College is holding an information technology summer fun camp for kids from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day from July 11-14.

The camp is designed for students entering fifth through eighth grade and who want to learn more about computers.

The campers will experience:

AWS Deep Racer: Training a self-driving car

Sea Perch: Building & testing a remotely operated underwater vehicle

Unity: Developing a video game

How computer viruses work.

Campers will need to bring a sack lunch and refillable water bottle with leakproof lid. Snacks will be provided.

Registration is $50 per camper.

The camp will be held at the Hammond Area Campus, 111 Pride Drive, Hammond, and will also be held on NTCC’s Lacombe and Walker campuses.

IT Summer Fun Camp is supported by the Defense STEM Education Consortium SeaPerch Program Partnership and RoboNation.