Top 25 summer programs

Hispanic Community March 2017 PREMIUM
Top 25 summer programs

1- Allan Hancock College

College Now!

Santa Maria, California

High school juniors and seniors who reside and are enrolled in Santa Barbara or San Luis Obispo county high schools or home schools have the opportunity to go to Allan Hancock College.  Both summer and fall courses are available, and participants must enroll in a maximum of six units per semester.  A list of available courses is currently up on AHC’s website.

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2- American University 

Discover the World of Communications 2017

Washington, D.C.

American University’s Discover the World of Communication summer program gives high school students the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects related to the field of communication through 35 different experiential classes.  Areas covered include public speaking, documentary filmmaking, flash fiction writing, photography, film production, weather broadcasting, international communication and animation.  Activities range from visiting embassies and interviewing diplomats to touring historic landmarks.

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3- Bergen Community College

Kids and Teens Summer Program

Paramus, New Jersey

The popular Kids and Teens Summer Program has expanded to seven weeks with activities for children and teenagers ranging from three – 18 years old.  Classes cover such areas as making video games, designing robots, baking pastries, conducting mock trials, learning about SCI science, songwriting, scrapbooking, sculpting clay, sewing, creating greeting cards, making stuffed animals, engineering, learning to play the guitar and more.

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4- California Lutheran University 

Summer Camps

Thousand Oaks, California

Cal Lutheran is hosting a variety of camps for children as young as five to teenagers up to age 17.  Activities include developing apps, creating video games and building robots, as well as acting on stage, football, soccer, volleyball, water polo, tennis, basketball, baseball and cheerleading.  There are also day camps where participants can learn about marine science, archery, fossil digs and more.

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5- California State University-Dominguez Hills

Youth Programs

Carson, California

CSU Dominquez Hills has a variety of youth tech camps whose activities include video game design, special effects for video games, website design and computer illustration.  In addition, CSU offers special summer reading programs for children as young as four years old through high school-aged, as well as adults. There is also the Young Scholars Program where high school students can earn college credits.

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6- California State University-Long Beach

Summer Volleyball Camps

Long Beach, California

CSU Long Beach has a woman’s volleyball camp that includes the new Beach Skills Clinics, as well as the Skills/Team Camp I and II, Setters Camp and Kids Camp.  Also offered is the Beach Volleyball Skills Camp, which is directed by CSU Long Beach’s national champion coaches and current players.  Airport pickups and drop offs to local airports are available for a fee.

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7- Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus

Choir Camp

Portales, New Mexico

The annual ENMU’s Choir Camp is for ninth – 12th graders and their directors.  The program includes music classes and sectional rehearsals to help young performers develop their vocal skills as a part of a large group ensemble.  In addition, participants will get to attend performances and other recreational activities as part of their camp experience and will take part in a public concert. 

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8- Florida Atlantic University

TOPS Piano Camp

Boca Raton, Florida

With classes in the Arts and Humanities building next to the University Theatre, the TOPS Piano Camp offers participants technique and master classes, private and group lessons, and supervised practices, as well as instruction in creative writing and opportunities to make presentations and participate in performances.  In addition, students will get to enjoy recreational activities and entertainment, including tours of FAU Boca Raton’s campus.

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9- Fresno Pacific University 

Music Camp

Fresno, California

FPU’s summer music camp’s programs include woodwinds, brass, strings, voice, piano and contemporary worship.  It also has electives in jazz, chamber ensembles, music composition, musical theater and hand bells.  The camp also includes two performances (small chamber ensembles and a final concert) that will take place at the end of June.  Eligible participants must be 11 – 19 years old and entering sixth – 12th grade. 

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10- Gettysburg College

Adventure Camp

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

The Office of Experiential Education at Gettysburg College is giving children a chance to get back to nature with wilderness and challenge course-based activities that include treks in the Michaux State Forest, climbing, backpacking on the Appalachian Trail, camping under the stars and more.  Half day, full day and overnight camp sessions available.  Activities are for kids 7–14 years old.

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11- Goshen College

Musical Theater Camp

Goshen, Indiana

The Goshen College Musical Theater Camp offers eighth – 12th graders workshops, private lessons and master classes to help develop their singing, dancing and acting skills for the stage.  Students will also have the chance to show off what they’ve learned in the camp’s “Musical Theater Revue.”  In addition, for the first time participants can stay on campus and learn more about Goshen College.  

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12-John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY

Upward Bound

New York, New York

John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY’s Upward Bound program works with high school students, so they have a better understanding of the resources out there to help them apply to college and finance their education.  The summer program splits the semester in half with the first part having the students commute to campus and the second part having them live on campus.  

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13- Mercy College 

Mercy College School of Business Leadership Academy

Dobbs Ferry, New York

The Mercy College School of Business Leadership Academy is specially designed for high school juniors to learn directly from real world executives about leadership in the business world.   This one-week program is open to students who have a cumulative, weighted GPA that is above 90; have demonstrated leadership skills; and are excellence in public speaking.  Four sessions are available, beginning June 11 and ending July 29. 

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14- Meredith College

Young Writers’ Camps

Raleigh, North Carolina

Meredith College offers two programs for aspiring writers.  First, the Meredith College High School Summer Writing Workshop gives students a chance to work with published writers in a small-group setting on poetry, fiction and other genres.  Next, Meredith Young Writers’ Camp is designed for sixth, seventh and eighth grade girls to help them improve their creative writing skills and explore works of literature.

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15- Montgomery College

Youth Summer Programs

Germantown, Maryland

Designed for kindergarten through 12th grade students, Montgomery College offers more than 200 programs at their three campus locations.  With a focus on STEAM, activities available include chemistry, art, hovercraft design, sports, cooking and baking, makerspace projects, cartooning and drawing, computer animation, robotics, creative speaking and writing, engineering, JAVA programing, designing video games, exploring history, geometry, algebra, improving study skills and more.

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16- Northern Essex Community College

STEM College for Kids

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Designed for students nine – 14 years old, NECC’s STEM College for Kids program introduces children to science, technology, engineering and math, as well as the arts.  Now located at the Quarrybrook Outdoor Learning Center, the program utilizes both indoor and outdoor activities, allowing participants to have the opportunity to explore the facility’s 245 acres and enjoy vernal pools, hiking trails and historical artifacts.  

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17-Otero Junior College

STEM Summer Bridge

La Junta, Colorado

With the STEM fields becoming more and more essential to careers in a variety of industries, OJC’s STEM department in collaboration with other departments at the college is launching special programs to encourage an early interest in science, technology, engineering and math.  Utilizing workshops and camps, OJC’s approach is to encourage local students to explore STEM-related areas as possible future career paths. 

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18- Purdue University

Summer Diversity Camps

West Lafayette, Indiana

Purdue University’s Purdue Polytechnic Institute offers summer camps including STEM ABC (Academic Boot Camp) for high school students transitioning to college; TEAM (Technology Expanding All Minds) for eighth, ninth and 10th graders; and TOTAL (Turned Onto Technology And Leadership) for seventh, eighth and ninth graders.  Areas covered include aviation, engineering, information technology and math, as well as group project work and time management.

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19- Queens College

Summer Vocal Institute for High School Students

Queens, New York

The Queens Summer Vocal Institute’s workshop is an eight-day program offering individual voice lessons, daily choral and repertoire classes in the areas of classical and musical theater, movement and improvisation classes, English and Italian diction instruction of NYSSMA and all repertoire, and more.  Meant for high school and college bound students, the institute includes a digitally recorded public concert featuring its participants.

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20- St. Mary’s University 

Summer Camps at St. Mary’s

San Antonio, Texas

St. Mary’s is hosting a variety of summer camps whose themes include ballet, computer science, environmental science and physics, pre-engineering, robotics, and the JAMP pre-medical camp program.  Programs offered in 2016 and expected to be offered again this year include brass band, baseball, basketball and volleyball. Ages range from five years old to high school senior with a tots volleyball program also available.  

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21- Sonoma State University

EXCEL for Youth Home

Rohnert Park, California

SSU’s EXCEL is an awarding-winning academic enrichment program designed for students entering fourth – ninth grade.  The program’s interactive classes focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) skills with a particular emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and collaboration.  In addition, EXCEL classes include guest speakers and field trips, and there is a special five percent sibling discount available.

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22- University of California-Riverside 

Summer Academy

Riverside, California

The Summer Academy program allows high school students who have completed ninth, 10th or 11th grade to experience campus life.  Participants have the opportunity to complete one or more of their “A-G” requirements, and the program’s courses are recorded on an official UC transcript.  Available courses are offered June 26 – July 29, July 31 – September 2, and June 26 – August 12 respectively.

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23- Washington State University Tri-Cities

Summer STEM Camps

Richland, Washington

Newly expanded to include activities for elementary school-aged children, as well as middle and high school students, WSU Tri-Cities’ Summer STEM Camps explore such areas as robotics, aviation, DNA and anatomy, forensic science, and more.  Designed to be hands-on and to spark creativity while allowing participants to explore STEM fields from a career standpoint, the camps begin in July and conclude in August.  

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24- Whittier College 

WISE Summer Program

Whittier, California

The four-week Whittier International Student Enrichment (WISE) Summer Program is designed for students entering 11th – 12th grade, as well as pre-college students planning to attend any four-year college or university.  Participants learn more about campus life and about the admission process and interdisciplinary academic programs.  Development of English writing skills is strongly emphasized, and students also gain first-hand post-secondary classroom experience.

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25- William Paterson University

Youth Programs

Wayne, New Jersey

WPUNJ is offering three summer youth programs. High School Academies allows participants to not only explore college-level material but also career possibilities.  High School Programs give young students a chance to take courses in areas including communications, physics, music, science, technology and more.  Middle School Programs allows students entering the sixth grade in the fall to take courses in a variety of areas.

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