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Central Honors Institute

2015 Dates: Sunday, July 12, through Thursday, July 16
  • 2015 CHI Brochure Image NewCentral Honors Institute (CHI) is a five-day residential academic camp for middle school students who have completed the 6th or 7th grade and who have demonstrated academic accomplishments, leadership and maturity among their peers. Students must complete an application, and submit a recommendation from a recent teacher and a nomination from a counselor or school official to be eligible to attend.

    CHI campers attend academic classes during the day, socialize with peers in the evenings and fully experience life on a college campus, complete with dorm food and residence halls. Central Community College – Columbus has been proud to host CHI campers since 2003.

    Visit our CHI Photo Gallery for snapshots from last summer’s camp. 

    To learn more, either download the brochure or contact the camp director.

    CHI Academic Program

    During the week, campers choose to follow a particular academic track, either CSI at CHI, FLY CHI, or CHI Creativity. CHI faculty have distinguished instructional credentials and have been selected for their experience and enthusiasm working with this age group.

    While the typical CHI student excels at academics, many are pleasantly surprised by the challenging academic experiences they will have at camp. Best of all, our CHI learning environment supports acceptance, growth and excellence.

    CHI Social Program

    Having fun and learning to feel confident in a new setting are important components of the CHI agenda. Our social program includes group games, swimming, bowling, putt-putt and Frisbee golf, table games, relays and other non-competitive sports.  Because CHI draws from a large geographic area, campers will meet kids from other schools and cities and have the opportunity to form friendships beyond their normal peer group.

    To Attend CHI

    CHI SymbolTo apply for the Central Honors Institute, complete the application, nomination and recommendation forms and submit them to Central Community College, attention Lori Neid/CHI, PO Box 1027, Columbus, NE  68602-1027. Materials may also be faxed to 402-562-1451. Applications must be received by May 1. For more information, call toll-free in Nebraska 1-877-222-0780, ext. 1451, or 402-562-1451 or email

    Tuition for the 5-day camp is $395 (if paid by June 15) and this includes room, board, supplies, recreational activity fees and a CHI T-shirt. Tuition is due when the student has been notified of CHI acceptance in mid-May. After June 15, the cost is $425. No refunds will be given after July 1.

    Partial scholarships based on financial need may be available through the CCC Foundation. Students should also check with their local school about funding possibilities.