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Opportunity Summer keeps CATS students on track for success

While other students are on summer break, CATS students and recent graduates can take advantage of adventures and career opportunities designed to keep the young adults on track toward successful, self-sufficient lives. Yellowstone-bound! In July, twelve CATS students will wing their way to Yellowstone National Park to hike, study geology and wildlife management, team-building and to focus on personal growth. They are preparing for Yellowstone with a series of six local “pre-trips” including a meeting and personal tour with Cincinnati Zoo Director Thayne Maynard. DAAPcamps: Two CATS students have been awarded scholarships to the University of Cincinnati’s DAAPcamps, a week-long summer enrichment program for high school students interested in art and design careers. DAAPcamps attracts students from all over the country and world. The CATS students are David Unthank, who graduated from Carpe Diem Preparatory Academy and will become a DAAP student in the fall; and Najla Elliott, a junior at Hughes High School who plans to create her own fashion lines. Career training: Meanwhile, 29 CATS graduating seniors are preparing for career and/or college with the help of the CATS Bridging the Gap workforce development program. Twelve are training for positions as nurses’ assistants, and have already begun work to earn STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistant) certification at Unique Enterprises, L.L.C. Other career tracks are banking, food service, information technology, construction, and manufacturing. Top row: From a previous CATS Yellowstone expedition, Thayne Maynard leads CATS students on zoo tour, and adventures in the park. Middle row: Sample work of David Unthank, one of the students awarded a DAAPcamps scholarship. On the far right, David is second from left with his family at a CATS student art show. Bottom row: CATS Bridging the Gap students training as nurse assistants in classroom and lab, and for jobs in manufacturing.