MIDWEST CITY — Barry Millican learned how to cut copper pipe, make joints and fittings, and solder metal Wednesday. Not a typical morning's work for the Del City High School counselor. Millican and about a dozen other middle and high school counselors in the Midwest City-Del City School District took part in a technology boot camp Tuesday and Wednesday at the Mid-Del Technology Center. "It's good as counselors to come here and see what is offered, so if our students indicate an interest in a certain area, such as architecture or automotive service, we can better advise them,” Millican said. Nancy Sullivan, marketing director for the technology center, said the boot camp was made available through a $14,000 tech prep grant through the state Career and Technology Education Department. The grant pays teachers to come back and teach the counselors and pays the counselors a stipend for attending. The camp has three focus areas: pre-engineering — a program that will be offered at the technology center for the first time in fall; construction trades; and computer repair and troubleshooting. Counselors took a field trip Tuesday to the Boeing Co. to see potential engineering jobs for their students. They also toured Tinker Air Force Base. In the computer course, they learned about a degree in cyber security — one of the hottest degrees now, Sullivan said. Representatives from Rose State College talked Wednesday about the center's alliance with the college. Most technology center students are co-enrolled at Rose State and can earn up to 25 hours of college credit before leaving high school, Sullivan said. "This will give our counselors more information to share with their students, so as they go back to their classrooms next fall, they'll be more aware of what we offer here at the tech center,” Sullivan said. Technology Center programs are available to juniors and seniors in the Mid-Del district. Middle school counselors were included in the boot camp, because sixth, seventh and eighth grades are good times to get students thinking about career opportunities, Sullivan said. Kelly Collinn, a counselor at Midwest City High School, is in her 11th year with the Mid-Del district and said she finds the technology center opens doors her students might not have the opportunity to explore otherwise. "It helps them realize college is a lot more attainable than they thought, and it gives them skills to enter the work force,” she said.