6th – 9th Grade Program


“The SHINE Career Academy provides activities that are fun, motivating and promote the careers of the future while increasing academic achievement.”

There is no cost for the SHINE program. There are NO income guidelines. Open to 6th-8th grade students in the
5 Carbon County School Districts on a First Come Basis.

The SHINE Career Academy provides project based enrichment that reinforces academics and demonstrates a real world application to why reading, math, science and the arts play an important role in their future. SHINE students are engaged in motivating hands-on activities on high priority occupations with a focus on STEAM (Science Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematic) skills. Students have the opportunity to work alongside professionals in business and industry including Kovatch and UGI engineers.


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6th-8th grade students are provided real life skill experiences by working in high tech labs at the Carbon Career & Technology Institute where academic teachers team with technical experts to provide rich learning experiences.

•9th grade students from CCTI will be Team Leaders in the program

•Mon-Thurs, 3 hrs each evening (students may attend 2-4 days per week)

•5-6 separate Career Projects lasting (6 weeks each)

•Students are asked to participate in a minimum of 2 projects per year.

•30 min. Homework/ Tutoring

•30 min. Dinner

•2 hrs hands on STEAM Project instruction/mentoring/physical fitness & arts

•Hot meal & transportation back to home from school

•High School Volunteers from the Technical Labs are enrolled to mentor youth as part of graduation/service learning projects and receive a certificate for their portfolios.

Projects Include:

•Building a Real Hovercraft

•Environmental Science

•Green Energy/Alternative Fuels

•Molecular Gastronomy (Food & the role of biotechnology on food)

•Designing/ Building Cars of the Future

•3D Additive Printing a Human Heart

•Designing and Engineering a DUI Taskforce Trailer

•You Can be the Chemist

•Put the A in STEAM – students get involved in “The Arts”

•Engineering and assembling a Slingshot Racecar



•Life-size Rube Goldberg Machines

•Developing an Entrepreneurial project

•Reverse engineering a Slingshot Racecar

More information on past projects can be found here

Students will …

•Be exposed occupational specific skills!

•Experience the Real World of Careers!

•Build relevant, marketable skill sets!

•Work with leaders in business & industry.