FARMINGTON — San Juan County children will have a chance act in "The Lion King," learn the ways of the Jedi and design worlds in the computer game Minecraft during courses offered by this year's Kids Kollege.
Kids Kollege, now in its 27th year, is organized by San Juan College. The summer enrichment program for children ages 4 to 15 begins on June 9 and runs through Aug. 1.
More than 200 courses this year allow students to explore a wide variety of interests.
Liesl Dees, director of the Community Learning Center, said the program is offering a number of strong courses this year.
"We try not to offer too many classes," she said. "We don't want to see classes canceled. We want to make sure we have a healthy lineup of classes."
Enrollment for last year's program was 1,598 students, an increase of 102 students from the previous year.
The cost of the courses varies. Most of the courses start at $39 per session, not including supply fees, and go up to $129. Free Junior Ranger Camps will also be offered by staff from Chaco Culture National Historical Park and Aztec Ruins National Monument.
Dees said courses for this year's Kids Kollege courses are starting to fill up. The majority of courses are already half full, she said last week.
Free Summer Energy Camp courses are returning for the second year. The San Juan College Foundation provides funding for the courses, which educate students about the oil and gas industry.
A "Safe Sitter" training program for children ages 11 and up will teach students safety tips for how to stay at home alone and care for younger children.
"If you're a parent, you can be more comfortable with leaving them by themselves," Dees said.
A number of digital arts programs are being introduced this summer, including courses that teach students how to develop 3-D video game and about the basics of 3-D modeling to design characters for the "Mindcraft" computer game.
Dees said the quality of the courses is a credit to the instructors who return each year to teach the classes.
"It's about having people who are in engaged and want to learn through our classes, and we're excited to offer them to the community," Dees said.