The Spoken Word Academy trains teens for real world experiences to develop creative writing and performance skills into their own unique styles and techniques. Through hands-on, student directed activities, apprentices enhance their skills in writing, public speaking, teamwork, communication, and critical thinking.
Playwriting participants, enriched by exposure to professional playwrights, actors and other theater professionals, will create one act plays. The plays will serve as the final products of a progressive draft writing and acting process.
Music Beyond Beats and Rhymes will help teens become more aware of the strength of their voices and the effects of personal choice, while learning poetry and basic writing skills. The Apprentices will write thought-provoking, truthful poems, and will deliver a final spoken word performance. They will also be introduced to Modern Dance;another form of expression.Teens will exploring movement while developing strong modern dance techniques. Teens will learn how to prepare the stage, perform and work with costuming.
The Computer Lab Intern Program focuses on providing interns with the knowledge to facilitate the technical responsibilities of a Computer Lab Assistant (CLA). Interns acquire the skills needed to train and tutor others in all aspects of computer technology. The interns are introduced to the scope of responsibilities of the CLA position in the areas of computer skills literacy, keyboarding skills, communication, records management and basic telecommunications.
Columbia College's Creative Writing Program uses the power of storytelling to develop written and oral communication skills, along with analytic reading abilities. Apprentices will produce publishable quality fiction and non-fiction works unique to their individual voices and backgrounds through workshops utilizing word games, oral storytelling, reading and recalling from their own work as well as a variety of published authors.
Apprentices explore various forms of creative writing through the story workshop method. Once on the page, they read and perform their stories for live audiences, and then produce a publication consisting of those stories.