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Pre-College Programs return to enhance students’ summertime

Two weeks of Pre-College Programs are scheduled this year at Pennsylvania College of Technology – June 13-18 and July 18-23 – with an inviting menu of options for summer learners, including several being offered for the first time.

In addition to a variety of overnight programs, which will help participants narrow their focus on the future, the college will offer two weeks of “My Tomorrow,” a new career-exploration day camp for middle schoolers sponsored by the Soars family. There is a $50 fee for those programs, set for June 21-24 and June 28-July 1, and open to students entering grades six to eight. Lunch, snacks and beverages are included.

Signup for all of the college’s summer programs opens April 1; fees for the overnight camps include on-campus housing and meals.

Prospective registrants are advised that Penn College adheres to governmental and health agency guidelines, procedures and practices for the COVID-19 pandemic to provide an optimal living and learning camp environment. Safety protocols are in place, and all attendees of Pre-College Programs will be required to submit a negative test result no more than 72 hours prior to arriving on campus.

“After a year of global challenges and virtual experiences, it will be terrific to offer Pre-College Programs’ hands-on opportunities in our state-of-the-art labs and facilities,” said Deborah B. Wescott, manager of conference and guest relations. “With such a unique variety of day and overnight programs, middle and high school students are sure to find a pathway that cultivates a current interest or sparks a new passion, and what better way to explore than with expert instructors and new friends in the making?”

In addition to examining their expansive career potential, campers entering grades nine to 12 are eligible for an annual Pre-College Program scholarship of up to $2,000 should they enroll at Penn College. Details – along with registration and other information – are available where “tomorrow begins today.”

June sessions:

Architecture Odyssey
June 13-17, $500; students entering grades nine to 12
Discover the world of architecture and sustainable design through design studios and seminars, field trips to building sites, and visits with local architects.

Autism Spectrum Postsecondary Interest Experience
June 17-18, $100; students entering grades 10 to 12
Students with autism spectrum disorders and their parents will obtain valuable information about postsecondary education and career exploration.

Autism Spectrum Postsecondary Interest Experience (online)
June 24, free; students entering grades 10 to 12
Unable to attend the on-campus session? No worries. This one-day condensed version of the ASPIE program is just for you.

Automotive Technology (new this year)
June 13-16, $375; students entering grades 10 to 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 13-16, $375; students entering grades 10 to 12
Discover the world of aviation maintenance by hands-on applications of sheet metal, composite materials and engine operation. A tour of a vintage aircraft collection is included.

June 16-17, $250; students entering grades 10 to 12
Explore engineering concepts and careers such as robotics and electronics, civil engineering, industrial and parametric design, plastics and polymer engineering, machining, and welding.

Future Restaurateurs
June 13-17, $500; students entering grades nine to 12
Join chefs from Penn College’s hospitality department for a fun-filled program focused on the ins and outs of baking and pastry arts, culinary arts, and hospitality management.

Health Careers
June 13-15, $250; students entering grades nine to 12
Discover a variety of health careers including dental hygiene, nursing, physical therapist assistant, physician assistant and surgical technology.

Information Technology
June 13-15, $250; students entering grades 10 to 12
Explore the world of computing with hands-on sessions focused on cybersecurity, programming and networking.

July sessions:

Automotive Restoration
July 18-21, $375; students entering grades 10 to 12
Learn what it takes to return vintage cars and trucks to their former glory while immersing in the world of automotive restoration. Included will be a tour of a vintage car museum.

Design, Build & Grow Landscape & Horticulture
July 18-21, $375; students entering grades 10 to 12
Workshops at the college’s Schneebeli Earth Science Center (10 miles south of main campus, just off Route 15) will explore working in greenhouses, floral design, landscape design, landscape equipment operation and nature walks.

Diesel Truck & Heavy Equipment (new this year)
July 18-21, $375; students entering grades 10 to 12
Looking for a hands-on career in an in-demand field? This three-day program at the Earth Science Center will introduce you to options in diesel technology and heavy equipment maintenance and operation.

Fundamentals of Emergency Response (new this year)
July 18-20, $250; students entering grades nine to 12
Learn first aid basics for the most common emergencies, including how to recognize them, call for help and perform lifesaving skills.

Graphic Design Summer Studio
July 18-21, $375; students entering grades 10 to 12
Dive into an intensive workshop that guides you through the graphic design process from ideation and concept development to production.

Thingamajig Fabricators (new this year)
July 18-22, $325; students entering grades nine to 12
Experience the marvels of modern manufacturing. Learn how everyday objects are designed and fabricated. Throughout this program, you’ll work with 3D design software, run mills and lathes, and weld varying projects.

For more about Penn College, a national leader in applied technology education, email the Admissions Office or call toll-free 800-367-9222.

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