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Summer Opportunities

Check out the awesome summer opportunities listed below (for Summer 2020). More opportunities will be shared as they come, so be sure to check often! Please note the deadlines for several of the listed applications.

  • Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences – The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS), an affiliate of the National Conference of Governor’s Schools, is a 5-week summer residential program for talented high school students of science and mathematics, which emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research. Hosted by the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University, the PGSS offers an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Open to students in the Class of 2021. Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020
  • Health Career Scholars Academy – The dynamic world of health care plus the expertise of University of Pittsburgh academics and facilities. This educational mixture shapes a unique, academically rigorous, hands-on campus experience for students attending the Health Career Scholars Academy (UPHCSA) each summer. The Academy is often a springboard for future studies in medicine. Open to academically talented students ages 15 – 18. Deadline to Apply: February 19, 2020
  • Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences – Penn State offers this four-week summer residential program held on University Park campus for academically talented and gifted high school students (rising seniors) from throughout Pennsylvania. From July 5-31, 2020, students will explore college life and the expansive and diverse fields of agricultural science and natural resources. Deadline to Apply: February 21, 2020
  • Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week – Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply to this week-long, one-of-a-kind summer program that offers a unique and challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run a business. Participants will make up an “imaginary” management team where they will learn first-hand about the Free Enterprise System. They will develop their own marketing strategies, design a website and in essence, make all of the decisions that are demanded of real life company executives. PFEW provides students with a chance like no other – to experience what it is like to live on a college campus before the “real” thing, as it is hosted at your choice of either Pennsylvania College of Technology or Lycoming College. Students can also earn up to $20,000 worth of scholarships if they choose to attend either campus at the collegiate level. Early Bird Deadline to Apply: March 2, 2020
  • Exploring Legal Careers Camp – Held at Susquehanna University from June 21-27, 2020, students entering grades 10-12 will explore their interest in public law and a legal career. Learn about current issues related to constitutional law and civil liberties. Engage in mock trial simulations with feedback from experienced faculty mentors. Interact with local judges and attorneys.
  • Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp – Held at Lebanon Valley College from July 26-31 2020, the goal of this camp is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and neuroscience. Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems. In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, nursing and biomedical laboratory research. This camp is meant for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
  • Music Camp at Elizabethtown College – Elizabethtown College Music Camp invites you to spend a week immersed in performance and music learning with enthusiastic peers, under the direction of a knowledgeable and experienced faculty. This program is a complete, residential music camp for young musicians entering grades 7-12, featuring voice, piano, chamber ensembles, band, orchestra, and chorus. Students may elect to participate in extra-curricular ensembles such as jazz band, jazz strings and show choir. Camp will take place from July 12-18, 2020.
  • Summer Writers Workshop – Open to students entering grades 11 and 12, Susquehanna University offers this intensive, small-group workshops in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction, taught by nationally recognized authors. Camp takes place from July 19-25, 2020.
  • Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Camp – Open to students entering grades 11 and 12 at Penn State University. Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the veterinary and biomedical professions through laboratory exercises, lectures, and a tour of a local veterinary practice. Summer 2020 dates will be announced soon.
  • Wildlife Leadership Academy – Open to students ages 14-17. The mission of the Wildlife Leadership Academy is to engage and empower high school youth to become Conservation Ambassadors to ensure a sustained wildlife, fisheries and natural resource legacy for future generations. Campers will learn hands-on about wildlife, habitat management and conservation in an enriching environment from over 20+ professionals from the PA Game Commission, the PA Fish and Boat Commission, and more. Students will have the option to choose between five different focuses/weeks: Bucktails – June 16-20, 2020; Bass – June 23-27, 2020; Brookies – July 21-25, 2020; Gobblers – July 28-August 1, 2020; Ursids – August 4-8, 2020

Penn College Camps
In recognition of your participation/completion of a camp at Penn College, students who eventually enroll at Penn College to continue their education will receive an annual scholarship. Here is how it works: You’ll need to complete a Pre-College Program during the summer before entering 9-12 grade… or better yet, come for two Pre-College Programs. Pick a different program the second time around or come for the same one twice. Attend Penn College and receive $1,000 off your tuition each year if you attend one program or get $2,000 off of your tuition each year if you join PCT for two summer programs.

  • Architecture Odyssey Camp – Open to students in grades 9-12, students will experience the richness of architectural past, present, and future. They will learn about the built environment and develop an appreciation for and the skills necessary to produce a sustainable future. Activities include design studio, workshops, seminars, field trips to building sites, and visits with local architects. June 14-18, 2020
  • Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE) – Open to students with autism spectrum disorders (entering grades 10-12), and their parents, will obtain valuable information about post-secondary education and career exploration. June 18-19, 2020
  • Automotive Restoration Camp – Open to grades 10-12, campers will learn what it takes to return vintage cars and trucks to their former glory, while they immerse themselves in the world of automotive restoration. Workshops include sheet metal forming, upholstery, pin striping, and paint simulation! Campers will get to keep what they create in the metal forming and upholstery workshops. July 19-22, 2020
  • Automotive Technology Camp – Open to students going into grades 10-12. Enjoy working with your hands? Considering a career as an auto technician? Get to work in our advanced learning labs and see if a career in automotive is right for you. June 14-17, 2020
  • Aviation Camp – Open to grades 10-12, campers will experience hands-on applications of composite and sheet metal materials used in fabrication of many aircraft structures. Campers will learn about many repairs made by professional aviation mechanics by learning how to perform bending, forming, and riveting sheet metal. Preoperational inspection and safe operation of a gas turbine engine on the College’s Boeing 727 requirements are taught. Safe operation of drone aircraft is demonstrated. A tour of an operational maintenance facility and air traffic control tower is included. June 14-17, 2020
  • Design & Grow Horticulture Camp – Do you love the great outdoors? Are you interested in a career that involves nature, design, and creativity? Campers will explore the world of this “green” career that combines art and science. Campers will attend workshops at the College’s Earth Science Center to learn about greenhouse techniques, plant identification & production, floral design, entomology, and more. Open to students entering grades 10, 11 & 12 from July 19-22, 2020
  • Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment Camp – Looking for a hands-on career in an in-demand field? This three-day program will introduce you to options in diesel technology and heavy equipment maintenance and operation. Open to students entering grades 10-12. July 19-22, 2020
  • Engineering Camp – Open to students in grades 10-12, students will learn the various ways engineers, and engineering, affect daily life. Campers will have the opportunity to explore engineering concepts and careers such as robotics and electronics, plastics and polymer engineering, 3D printing, machining, welding, and more. All hands-on workshops take place in Penn College’s state-of-the-art labs and classrooms. June 17 & 18, 2020
  • First Responder Basic Camp – Learn first aid basics for the most common emergencies, including how to recognize them, call for help, and perform lifesaving skills. Open to students entering grades 9-12. July 19-21, 2020
  • Future Restaurateurs Camp – Open to grades 9-12, students will join chefs from Penn College’s hospitality department for an introduction to baking & pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management. Campers will experience field trips and hands-on workshops centered on developing kitchen skills, culinary/baking skills, menu planning, an etiquette workshop, and more! June 14-18, 2020
  • Graphic Design Studio Camp – Open to grades 10-12, this is an intensive three-day workshop that guides participants through the graphic design process from ideation and concept development to production. High school students interested in a career in graphic design will have an opportunity to work with faculty and students in the development of real-world visual design solutions. Workshops will take place in cutting-edge labs and studios and utilize industry standard hardware and software. The workshop culminates in a camper exhibition for parents and families of the work produced over the three days. July 19-22, 2020
  • Hall of FAME (Finance, Accounting, Marketing & Entrepreneurship) Camp – Open to students entering grades 9-12. Have you ever thought of opening your own business or wondered how a business operates? Learn how to become an entrepreneur with skills in financing, accounting and marketing. July 19-22, 2020
  • Have Your Cake & Decorate It Too – Open to students entering grades 9-12. You’ve seen the pros do it on TV. Now you can test your cake baking and decorating skills and see how they stack up against the masters! And, of course, you can eat it when you’re done! July 19-22, 2020
  • Health Careers Camp – This camp invites students in grades 9-12 where they will be introduced to a variety of health careers including dental hygiene, medical imaging, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, paramedic technology, physical therapy assistant, exercise science, physician assistant, and surgical technology. June 14-16, 2020
  • Information Technology Camp – Students entering grades 10-12, explore the world of computing with hands-on sessions focused on cybersecurity, programming, and networking. July 14-16, 2020
  • Thingamajig Fabricators Camp – Open to students entering 9-12, students will experience the marvels of modern manufacturing. Learn how everyday objects are designed and fabricated. Throughout this week-long program, you’ll work with 3D design software, run mills and lathers, and weld varying projects. July 19-24, 2020
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