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Summer Programs

Just because the school year has ended, doesn't mean the learning has to end. Summer learning programs allow the student to continue learning and prevent the "summer slide". Not to be confused with a slide that ends in water, the summer slide is the loss of academic skills and knowledge during the summer break. Summer learning opportunities provide a safe and supportive environment for students during the summer. Here we have posted several summer programs and camps that you might be interested in. Feel free to look around and see if anything pops out to you. If you are interested, read the description and what you have to do. As always, if you have any questions please see your counselor. 


Wake Forest Online Immersion Programs for High School Students 

Are there subjects you’re thinking about taking in college but would like to know more about? The Online Immersion Program, designed for high school students ages 13 and up, has been created for this purpose. It offers exciting topics, covered in-depth, through online coursework led by Wake Forest University professors. The program is available year-round, and the online format allows you to study anywhere, anytime, while working at your own pace. This flexibility enables you to take multiple courses and explore a variety of academic areas of interest.

Program Dates: Multi-length courses available throughout the year. 

Eligibility: For students ages 13+

Individual course fees: $1295 

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Vanderbilt Summer Academy 

VSA programs provide the perfect balance of an intensive academic environment combined with a community-driven residential experience at one of the leading universities in the nation. At VSA, students join peers from around the world stretching their intellectual boundaries through choice-based classes. Together, students enjoy learning and connecting with peers and engage in on-campus and community activities in the heart of Music City.

While Vanderbilt Summer Academy is academically focused, additional recreational programming offers organized activities for social-emotional balance. Outside the classroom, VSA students participate in a variety of evening activities, explore extracurricular enrichment activities, and enjoy free time to make new friends.

For more information please click the button below. 

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Vanderbilt: Mentor Immersion 

In Mentor Immersion, students engage in accelerated content in a discipline such as genomics, leadership, genetics and data science and work toward creating a project in their selected field of study with the support of a content expert with whom they are paired. Approximately 8-10 students are paired with a mentor and an additional teaching assistant/peer guide. Through this unique experience students are able to deepen their understanding in a field of study while making new friends with high-ability peers.

Students can expect 4 hours of live sessions with their mentor and classmates each week, 2 hours of office hour time each week to meet with their mentor, and approximately 3-6 hours per week of meaningful asynchronous work during the 3-month mentorship experience. Class times that fall on a Memorial Day, Labor Day, or July 4th weekend will be cancelled.

Session Dates:

Session 1: May 13 – August 12, 2024

Session 2: June 10 – September 9, 2024

For more information please click the button below. 

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ETSU Environmental Health Lab June 3 - 7, 2024

Students will work with two of the department's outstanding faculty to explore concepts in environmental and occupational health and safety science for a 1 week learning experience.

  • Well water simulation and stream water sampling and characterization
  • Measurement of indoor air quality
  • Other hands-on activity in the lab
  • Learn how environmental health impacts what we eat and drink

Environmental health (EH) is a branch of public health protection that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health.EH professionals are best known for their efforts to ensure the safety of what we eat, breathe, touch and drink.

Enrollment Criteria:
  • Willingness to participate and open to learning in an academic setting
  • Must be a current High School student 
  • Cost is $25
  • Lunch provided

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ETSU Applied STEM Foundations June 3 - 21, 2024

Applied STEM foundation is a 3-week  experiential program that covers, computing, digital media, engineering, and other STEM concepts. The program is for high school students interested in a STEM major. Each week students will be given the opportunity to explore areas and careers in STEM through the use of classroom lectures, hands-on experiences various, field trips, and speaker presentations. 

Applied STEM Foundations aims to deepen the understanding of STEM by utilizing practical applications and classroom presentations to increase awareness and participation within the field. The program aims to help students explore issues common to STEM with a focus on project-based time management, logic and condition statements, terminology used in STEM, engineering concepts, digital design and development, and career exploration. The program places emphasis on exposure to technological concepts, idea development, and skills that support success within a STEM major using an experiential model.

Enrollment Criteria:
  • Willingness to participate and open to learning in an academic setting
  • Must be a current High School student 
  • Cost is $25
  • Lunch provided

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Pamplin's Inspiring Possibilities Academy 

Join Virginia Tech for a 10 day residential summer program designed to introduce high school students from diverse backgrounds to the Pamplin College of Business' seven dynamic academic disciplines, including Accounting and Information Systems, Business Information Technology, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, and Real Estate. 

Students will have an opportunity to interact with diverse business professionals and participate in the preparation and presentation of a team project. Participants will be immersed in the Virginia Tech campus experience. Students will attend classes facilitated by Pamplin College of Business faculty, alumni, business leaders, and interact with current Pamplin students, tour campus facilities, and hear presentations from campus units (e.g., admissions, undergraduate programs, study abroad) 

To be eligible, students must: 

  • be a high school senior in the 2024- 25 academic year
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or its equivalent grading scale
  • submit a statement of interest

Applicants from underrepresented and underserved communities will be given priority selection.

Dates: Thursday, July 11 to Saturday, July 20, 2024

Location: The PIP Academy takes place at Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, VA.

Cost: Selected applicants will have all costs of attendance covered, including room and board.

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Boys and Girls State 

Fun fact: Did you know that over 25% of those admitted to The United States Military Academy at West Point attended Boys or Girls State?

The American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government,  and is exposed to the rights and privileges,  duties and  responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students.  Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs.

Volunteer Girls State, is offered annually to more than 575 of Tennessee’s rising high school seniors and is centered on citizenship, teamwork, and fostering a love of God and country. Experienced volunteer staff and counselors — each one a program alumna — help guide participants, or “citizens,” through the week as they elect city, county, and state officials, engage in party politics, debate legislation, and collaborate in a host of fun team activities.

  • The 2024 Girls state program will be held from May 26 - June 1 at David Lipscomb University.
  •  Registration for interested junior girls closes March 1st.    For more information, see your counselor or ROTC leader.
  • The 2024 Boys state will be held May 19-24 on the campus of Tennessee Tech. University.
  • Registration for interested junior girls closes March 1st. For more information, see your counselor or ROTC leader.

 

West Point Summer Leaders Experience 

Led by current cadets, Summer Leaders Experience (SLE) is a week-long immersion into the academic, military, and social life of a West Point cadet. At SLE, you will explore West Point from all angles, including our high-tech educational facilities, team-building athletic activities, and realistic military training.

SLE gives you a taste of the character, determination, commitment to excellence, and leadership required to be a cadet at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA).

SLE Application opens February 1st, 2024 for high school juniors.

An SLE application doubles as the first step of a West Point application (Candidate Questionnaire); however, please keep in mind that completing an SLE application is not an obligation to complete a West Point application or attend West Point, but it will keep the option open during your college search.

Session 1 – June 1-7

Session 2 - June 8- 14

To see a short video on the Summer Leaders Experience, click the link below.

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Milligan University Nursing Summer Camp - June 3rd-5th, 9 a.m. to p.m.

Open to rising juniors, seniors and current seniors (2024) who are considering a career as a registered nurse.

  • Active engagement and hands-on learning with Milligan nursing faculty
  • Develop skills used by registered nurses every day to care for patients

Participants will:

  • Learn how to assess vital signs, start IVs, give injections, and more
  • Gain knowledge to serve as a healthy lifestyle advocate for family and friends
  • Tour area health care agencies
  • Earn CPR certification
  • Discover employment and advanced degree opportunities in nursing
  • Learn why Milligan nursing grads are highly recruited by employers

Participants will receive:

  • Milligan University Nursing messenger bag and lab equipment
  • Stethoscope
  • Milligan University Nursing t-shirt

Registration is open to rising juniors, seniors and current seniors (Class of 2024). Register by May 15 for a discount!

  • $175 before May 15
  • $225 after May 15

No refunds will be issued. Register  by clicking button below. 

Register here

NOTE: DAY CAMP only. Lunch is included but no overnight housing or evening programming is provided.

  1. REGISTER online
  2. PAYMENT: Submit your payment to Milligan within 10 days of your confirmation email.
    PAY ONLINE or send payment to: Milligan Summer Camps, PO Box 210, Milligan, TN 37682
  3. MEDICAL FORM: Complete your medical form ASAP

Questions? Email camps@milligan.edu

Milligan University Computer Science Summer Camp - June 10-14, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Join us for a hands-on learning exploration where you will be introduced to cybersecurity and networking basics, computer functionality, logic and problem solving.  No pre-knowledge of software or hardware is needed. Participate in an interactive environment with computer science faculty where an examination of theory and application are pursued.

  • Cybersecurity concepts such as: password management, firewalls, & antivirus functionality.
  • Problem solving and logic in relation to software programming.
  • Networking basics and data transmission protocol.
  • Examining computer hardware and functionality.
  • Comprehension and ability to build a home network.

You will receive:

  • Milligan Computer Science t-shirt

Registration is open to rising high school freshmen through seniors (Class of 2024). Register by May 15 for a discount!

  • $175 before May 15
  • $225 after May 15

No refunds will be issued. Click below to register for the camp. 

Register here

NOTE: DAY CAMP only. Lunch is included but no overnight housing or evening programming is provided.

  1. REGISTER online
  2. PAYMENT: Submit your payment to Milligan within 10 days of your confirmation email.
    PAY ONLINE or send payment to: Milligan Summer Camps, PO Box 210, Milligan, TN 37682
  3. MEDICAL FORM: Complete your medical form ASAP

Questions? Email camps@milligan.edu

Milligan University Engineering Summer Camp - June 17th-21st, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Explore the world of engineering through hands-on projects and competitions that are arranged to show engineering design concepts and optimization.

  • Learn foundational concepts and design processes from experienced engineering faculty
  • Individual and team projects allow you to be a participant and a spectator
  • Create a high-pressure water-rocket and measure how high it flies
  • Design, build, and test the strength of your balsa-wood bridge
  • Program your car to race against the competition
  • Get a better understanding of what engineers do and how they do it
  • Learn more about Milligan’s engineering program

You will receive:

  • Milligan Engineering t-shirt

Registration is open to rising high school freshmen through seniors (Class of 2024). Register by May 15 for a discount!

  • $175 before May 15
  • $225 after May 15

No refunds will be issued. Register by clicking the button below. 

Register here

NOTE: DAY CAMP only. Lunch is included but no overnight housing or evening programming is provided.

  1. REGISTER online
  2. PAYMENT: Submit your payment to Milligan within 10 days of your confirmation email.
    PAY ONLINE or send payment to: Milligan Summer Camps, PO Box 210, Milligan, TN 37682
  3. MEDICAL FORM: Complete your medical form ASAP

Questions? Email camps@milligan.edu

Milligan University Digital Media Summer Camp - June 24-28, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Develop your skills in motion graphics, graphic design, and filmmaking.

  • Use state-of-the-art Mac lab featuring 27-inch iMacs
  • Practice with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software
  • Learn from experienced faculty and professionals
  • Learn more about Milligan’s Film, Graphic Design, and Interactive Media Design programs

MOTION GRAPHICS

  • Learn skills for creating composite video
  • Learn to animate type
  • Utilize timing and application of design principles to create moving graphic designs
  • Learn basics of Adobe After Effects®
  • Students must supply their own memory card

FILMMAKING

Participants will explore digital cinematography techniques in:

  • Create a documentary-style short film
  • Examine movie and documentary productions
  • Discover film pre-production, principal photography, and post-production techniques
  • Learn basics of film editing with Adobe Premiere®
  • Students must supply their own memory card

GRAPHIC DESIGN

  • Develop graphic design skills
  • Learn how to use professional design software, Adobe Illustrator®
  • Explore basic principles of composition
  • Develop a portfolio of your work

Digital Media Showcase

Friends and family are invited to the digital media showcase on Friday, June 16, in the in McGlothlin-Street Theatre in the Gregory Center from 5:00-5:30 pm.

What to Bring

  • Flash drive for saving files
  • Memory card
  • Adobe ID (sign up for free Adobe ID at adobe.com and bring the user name and password with you)
  • Google Drive account (or similar cloud account) already set up in order to upload your files to
    the cloud

Registration is open to ages 14 through seniors (Class of 2024). Register by May 15 for a discount!

  • $175 before May 15
  • $225 after May 15

No refunds will be issued. Register by clicking button below.

Register Here 

NOTE: DAY CAMP only. Lunch is included but no overnight housing or evening programming is provided.

  1. REGISTER online
  2. PAYMENT: Submit your payment to Milligan within 10 days of your confirmation email.
    PAY ONLINE or send payment to: Milligan Summer Camps, PO Box 210, Milligan, TN 37682
  3. MEDICAL FORM: Complete your medical form ASAP

Questions? Email camps@milligan.edu

Milligan University Occupational Therapy Summer Camp - July 15th-17th

Occupational Therapy is a career dedicated to helping people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Open to rising freshman through current seniors (2024) who are considering a career of service in occupational therapy. In this summer camp you will:

  • Explore the creative mindset of occupational therapy practice through an array of hands-on activities
  • Meet and interact with current students and faculty 
  • Become oriented with alumni working in the field
  • Learn about application requirements for Milligan MSOT program 
  • Be introduced to OT practice areas including hospital, schools, nursing homes, pediatric clinics, and more
  • Come see why OT is consistently recognized as a top 10 career choice! 

Registration is open to rising high school freshman through seniors (Class of 2024). Register by May 15th for a discount! 

  • $120 before May 15
  • $150 after May 15 

No refunds will be issued. Click the button below to register. 

Register Here  

GATTON Rx Summer Camp 

Students interested in learning more about the pharmacy profession can attend an overnight pharmacy camp at East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy in Johnson City, Tennessee, June 3-7, 2024. The camp is open to rising high school juniors, seniors and college students. Other levels maybe considered on an individual basis. If you have any questions email pharmacy@etsu.edu or call 423-439-6300. 

B.U.C.S Academy 

Incoming college freshman are invited to join the fun from July 14th- August 2, 2024 at a 3 week immersive summer program. Earn 3 credit hour summer college course. This program includes housing, meals and entertainment. All of that at no cost to you! For more information email buscacademy@etsu.edu or call 423-439-4844. 

University of Tennessee College of Engineering Summer Program

The Tickle College of Engineering (TCE) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will host two in-person summer engineering programs during the summer of 2024:

Each program is a one-week residential program for rising high school students. All students are encouraged to apply. THERE ARE NO MAJOR COSTS TO ATTEND THE SUMMER PROGRAM. 

For program information, dates, and deadlines, visit the websites that are linked above. 

Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs

Through Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs, rising juniors and seniors in high school have the opportunity to experience a world-class education on a beautiful, vibrant college campus. Our programs prepare students for their upcoming college experience, help them narrow their career focus, and build critical knowledge and skills.

Pre-College Programs* - Summer of 2024

  • Architecture: Introduces design practice, creative problem solving, and critical thinking through a matrix of programming, celebrating curiosity, and providing a strong foundation for architectural education. (5-week program)  
  • Art: Uses both traditional tools and cutting-edge technologies to explore creative ideas in a college-level studio environment. Students develop both conceptual and technical skills preparing them for a wide range of opportunities in both art studies and careers. (3- and 6-week program options)  
  • Computational Biology: Provides extensive training in both cutting-edge laboratory experiments to generate biological data and the computational analysis of that data. Uses real-world scenarios for exploration. (3-week program) Upcoming virtual Discover Session on November 29, 2023!  
  • Design: Introduces students to the discipline of Design, provides a foundation of skills, and gives a clear idea of what to expect from a college-level accredited program. (6-week program)  
  • Drama: Prepares students for the college audition and interview process, illustrating the kind of creativity and discipline required of students studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama curriculum. Students will be introduced to the intensity of a top-rated undergraduate conservatory experience. (6-week program)  
  • Music: Immerses high school students in a world-class conservatory experience within an internationally recognized university. The program mirrors the first weeks of Carnegie Mellon’s first-year undergraduate School of Music curriculum. (3- and 6-week program options, commuter part-time option)  
  • National High School Game Academy: Allows high school students to experience modern video game development using industry-standard technology. Students interested in artmusic and audiogame design, and software development are encouraged to apply for this interdisciplinary program. (6-week program) Upcoming virtual Discover Session on December 5, 2023!  
  • Summer Session: Provides high school students with the opportunity to take summer courses offered by Carnegie Mellon. Students earn college credit while working in an academic setting that mirrors the supportive, rigorous environment of the first year of college. (6-week program) Upcoming virtual Discover Session on December 13, 2023!  
  • Writing & Culture: Storytelling is the process of uncovering, understanding, and sharing stories. Whether through words or images, stories unite us and help create a mutual space for understanding ourselves and each other. That’s what the Pre-College Writing & Culture program works to develop: skilled, reflective, engaged storytellers who can share our stories well. (4-week program)

*Limited scholarships available for programs above.

Fully Funded, Merit-Based* Pre-College Programs - Summer of 2024

  • AI Scholars: Provides opportunities for students who have been historically excluded in STEM to study artificial intelligence with full-time faculty, staff, and researchers who are leaders in the field. (4-week program, rising seniors only) Upcoming virtual Discover Session on November 29, 2023!  
  • CS Scholars: Provides students who have been historically excluded in the field of computer science an opportunity to explore the subject with full-time faculty, staff and researchers who are leaders in the field.  (4-week program, rising juniors only) Upcoming virtual Discover Session on November 29, 2023!  
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science:  Allows students from underrepresented communities to develop a deeper understanding of STEM via traditional classroom instruction, hands-on projects, and sustained engagement with world-renowned faculty and skilled staff mentors. (6-week program, rising seniors only) *No cost to participant.

To learn more about our programs, please register for one of our Discover Sessions or contact us with questions.  Apply Here