This came across my desk via the Vermont Software Developer's Alliance {vtSDA}, sounds like a great opportunity!

  Check out the news from Champlain College:

  Champlain College Offers Middle School Students Chance to Attend
  a Free 'Alice Programming' Course

  Information Technology & Sciences Division, Computer Information
  Technology, Digital Filmmaking, Elementary Education

  BURLINGTON - The Division of Information Technology & Sciences
  at Champlain College is planning to offer a computer course
  entitled "Alice Programming" which will run for six to eight
  weeks (Feb. 2 - March 30) on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m.
  "Alice" is a free software program that enables students to
  create their own animated stories on the computer "The College
  invites middle school teachers/administrators to nominate up to
  four students from their schools for this program," said Ali
  Rafieymehr, dean of the Information Technology and Sciences
  Division. Champlain will accept two to four students from each
  school. There will be no tuition charged for this course.
  Champlain College will not award college credit for the course,
  nor will students receive a grade or certificate for taking this

  "We sincerely hope that middle schools will take advantage of
  this opportunity and participate in this program," Rafieymehr

  Schools that are interested should respond by email to
  [log in to unmask] by Friday, Jan. 23. Students should not
  contact Champlain College directly. A place will be held for
  each school as soon as a commitment via email arrives. The class
  will be limited to 20 students, although the College will
  maintain a waiting list in case it can accommodate more schools.

  Schools are encouraged to nominate students who are eager to
  learn more about computers, Rafieymehr noted. "One of the goals
  of this course is to spark interest in computer technology among
  middle school students, in particular among female students.
  Therefore, schools should nominate an equal number of boys and
  girls," he said.

  Champlain College's Division of Information Technology &
  Sciences offers a wide range of areas of study and majors
  including, Computer and Digital Forensics, Computer Information
  Technology, Computer Networking and Information Security, Game
  Programming, Software Engineering, Radiography and Web
  Development and Design.

  Champlain College, ranked 12th in the top tier of Best
  Baccalaureate Colleges in the North by 2009 America's Best
  Colleges, is a recognized leader in educating students to become
  skilled practitioners, effective professionals and global
  citizens. It offers undergraduate, continuing professional
  studies, and masters programs in technology and information

  For more information about the program, please contact
  Rafieymehr at [log in to unmask].