With prospects of getting a summer job kind of dicey this year, some area students are doing the next best thing – preparing for careers down the road.

On Tuesday, about 290 students entering eighth, ninth or 10th grades in the fall are attending the first day of a seven-day career exploration camp to learn about jobs in areas such as automotive technology, culinary arts, working with small animals.

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The idea – to help young people who may not be college bound learn about training they can take in the last two years of high school, training that prepares them to start jobs right after graduation. Other career areas in which kids will get immersed in the coming days include: art and design, car customizing, carpentry (above left), cosmetology, electricity, woodworking. The camp is already fully booked.

The students all live in school districts affiliated with Eastern Suffolk BOCES, which is hosting the camp. 

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