Tanimura & Antle Hosts 'WOW' Camp For Kids

SALINAS, Calif. -- Tanimura & Antle based here hosted three weeklong "Welcome to Our World" camp sessions for middle and high school-aged children of its employees this summer.

The "WOW Camp," which focuses on agricultural education, personal development, and teamwork, officially begins at 7 a.m. each day and features formal instruction ending at 4:30 p.m., except for Wednesdays, when the students attend the morning sales meeting at 6:45 a.m. In an effort to accommodate employee work schedules, students may arrive as early as 6 a.m. and depart as late as 6 p.m.

T&A's Wow Camp is provided in three levels:

--Level I: Students entering grades 8, 9, and 10

--Level II: Last year's Level 1 students, returning for Level II

--Level III: Last year's Level II students, returning for Level III

Level I includes educational visits to the company's seed department, development facility, transplant division, and nursery, and then to ripe fields for lunch with harvest personnel, followed by a visit to the cooler and distribution center, and the appointment department. Students then tour the main administrative offices, including the executive suites, as well as the sales, marketing, production and farming, finance, and information technology departments, as well as the office of business affairs, human resources, and the child development center on the property.

Students are given the opportunity to job shadow with a Tanimura & Antle employee to learn proper etiquette for personal introductions and dining. They are also given a tour of the Monterey County Municipal Court and Juvenile Hall. While at Juvenile Hall, students are given a presentation by the Gang Unit of the Salinas Police Department to recognize the risks/consequences of gang activity. Students also visit the Buddhist Temple, where they learn about Japanese culture and the effects of World War II on the Japanese community in Monterey.

Level II camp is offered to returning students from Level I camp from the prior year. The leadership training continues with tours of Hartnell College and Heald Business College, among others. Students are then certified in CPR and first aid. In addition, students serve homeless people at a local shelter, Dorothy's Place. The week concludes with a tour of the Steinbeck Center/Agriculture Building and the Aquarium in Monterey.

Level III camp, new this year, focuses on providing additional leadership and career building skills. Students will be trained on professional office skills, including the appropriate ways to handle office equipment. A refresher course in etiquette is provided, along with a field trip to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo to visit animal sciences, environmental and field crops, and agricultural-business classes. The students are then recertified in CPR/first aid and go into the community to see Rancho Cielo, a job training center/school for at-risk students.

After a student has completed all three levels of WOW Camp, he or she will be given an opportunity for a paid internship at Tanimura & Antle, Inc. the following year.
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