Minnesota State TCOE’s Stephanie Zojonc works with potential, and current camps to help design, coordinate and successfully run Nitro-X summer camps across the state and now in additional areas around the country. This is done through participation in committee participation, 1:1 assistance for the local site coordinator, scholarships for students, assisting in engaging industry for sponsorships, in-kind contributions, tours, mentoring campers and providing them with their expertise during camp. Stephanie is available for support during camp as an additional “pair of hands”, to take photographs and video and to hand out with students during the week.

Nitro-X

Nitro-X is a Summer Camp where middle school aged campers work on remote controlled cars. They learn about how vehicles work, build their confidence with technical skills, work in teams to develop life and employability skills, gain exposure to industry by going on tours of local businesses and have fun showing off their skills at the end of the week with a race.

Currently there are camps at six Minnesota State Colleges: Anoka Technical College, Central Lakes College, Dakota County Technical College, Hibbing Community College, Ridgewater College (Willmar), and St. Cloud Technical and Community College and two Wisconsin Colleges: Gateway Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College.

Industry Tours

Campers typically tour three local businesses during camp learning about local transportation careers. Tour sites are selected based on local workforce needs and business availability.

Previously campers have visited sites including Ziegler CAT, Morries Auto Group locations, Luther Auto Group locations, Main Motors, Midwest Machine, Mills Auto group locations, Hibbing Chrysler Center, Ford of Hibbing, Ranger Chevrolet, Schwieters, Gilleland Chevrolet, Tenvoorde Ford, GATR Trucking, Superior Service center, and Kent’s Auto Body

Race Day

After a week of learning new skills, technical information, meeting new friends and touring local businesses, campers and their families are invited to participate in race day in which campers compete against each other to see who can master the road course, see whose custom painted car body is best in show and enjoy a fun filled day with family.

Many sponsors are invited to participate during race day through events like a sponsor race, bringing vehicles for the family and friends of campers to look at, and to mingle with campers and their families.

Learning Technical Skills

Campers get the opportunity to learn about careers in transportation areas ranging from Automotive Technology, Auto Body and Collision Repair, Medium and Heavy Truck Technology, Diesel and Heavy Equipment to Marine and Powersports by learning technical skills through hands-on activities and challenges throughout the week.

Painting Car Bodies

Campers work with industry professionals to prep and paint their car body using the same materials and techniques used in the auto body and collision repair industry. The car bodies are personalized by campers through the selection of paint color, custom paint designs and decals. At the end conclusion of race day, campers have the opportunity take their custom car body home as a souvenir of their time at camp.

Check out other Minnesota camps

There are a wide variety of camps available at select colleges:

Aviation Camp

This is a camp for young men and women ages 15-19 who are interested in learning more about aviation and aerospace careers. You’ll have a chance to operate a flight simulator and experience a “Discovery” flight in one of Lake Superior College’s aircraft. Talks by people working in the aviation industry about career opportunities will be provided. Tours of local aviation industries and the Airbase are also planned.


Women in Aviation Camp

This is a camp for young women ages 15-19 who are interested in learning more about aviation and aerospace careers. You’ll have a chance to operate a flight simulator and experience a “Discovery” flight in one of Lake Superior College’s aircraft. Talks by people working in the aviation industry about career opportunities will be provided. Tours of local aviation industries and the Airbase are also planned.


DroneTECH Summer Camp

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are doing it all from pizza and package delivery to monitoring wildlife and the farm field. Come learn about this exciting technology and get hands on experience in the maintenance and operation of UAS. Then transform the data collected by UAS into usable industry products.


Camp Explore

Camp Explore is a week-long (Residential) Camp offering high school students hands-on, engaging activities to help them explore the many different STEM-industry careers in key industry sectors, including Energy, Manufacturing and Engineering, Healthcare, Agriculture, Transportation, and Information Technology


Minnesota Aviation Career Education Camp

A week-long camp held each summer that connects students with the opportunity to explore a wide variety of aviation careers through hands on projects, tours and flight experience.

Camps are available thanks to the following sponsors:

  • Factory Motor Parts
  • Morries Auto Group
  • Luther
  • Main Motors
  • Crow wing County Fair Grounds
  • Midwest Machine
  • Mills Auto group
  • Mills Auto Xtreme
  • Ziegler CAT
  • Walser Auto Group
  • Hibbing Chrysler Center
  • Ford of Hibbing
  • Ranger Chevrolet
  • Schwieters
  • Miller Auto Plaza
  • Gilleland Chevrolet
  • Tenvoorde Ford
  • Toyota of St. Cloud
  • Park Jeep
  • Lumpy’s Performance Motorsports
  • PPG
  • Superior Service center
  • Keystone
  • RDO Equipment
  • Waste Management
  • Crown Lift Trucks
  • Harbor Freight
  • Granite City Motors
  • Glass works
  • Autozone
  • Auto value
  • Anderson Trucking of St. Cloud
  • Lone star Car Club
  • ABRA Auto Body of St. Cloud
  • Glass Works
  • Trobecs Bus Service
  • Nuss Trucking
  • Lenny’s Crossroads
  • Hoglund Bus Co.
  • Keystone Auto
  • D & B Auto Body
  • Freightliner of St. Cloud
  • Glens Precision
  • Old Chicago of St. Cloud
  • GATR Trucking
  • Kent’s Auto Body
  • Action Auto Parts
  • Auto Tech Alignment
  • Automotive Repair Specialists
  • Brian’s Beste
  • Hanson’s Tires and Lube
  • Hennes Machine and Repair
  • Joe’s Auto Repair
  • Dave Messenbrink
  • Northside Automotive supply Inc.
  • Peters Body Shop
  • Rule Tire and Auto
  • Steinbeisser Auto repair
  • Tinner’s Frame Repair, Inc.
  • Tires Plus
  • James Wallace
  • Willmar Sales and Service Inc.
  • Factory Motor Parts
  • Mac Tools
  • Berger Racing
  • Snap-on
  • Applied Learning Institute (ALI)