Attention high school juniors and seniors: here is the ultimate chance to get a head start on Eastern Washington University’s classes. That’s right, for the first time ever, EWU is offering summer courses to high school students here on campus.
The students have the choice to join the Summer Academy through either enrolling in college freshman and sophomore classes, or participating in independent learning or specialty youth camps this summer. The Summer Academy, a program consisting of workshops and a field trip, is all paid for if the students meet the aforementioned requirements.
“This will give students a chance to experience intellectual workshops and a backpacking trip with some of our very best faculty members,” said Alice Dionne, associate vice provost for Educational Outreach.
Freshman and sophomore credit courses include selected classes from computer science to freshman English, foreign language and astronomy. For only 84 dollars per credit for out-of-state residents as well as Washington high school students, the opportunity is within reach.
“The campus environment and college experience offers so much more than simply taking coursework. We want to give high school students the opportunity to understand and participate in a whole-college experience so they have a true understanding of what college can be,” said Dionne.
The expected turnout of enrollment this summer has yet to be estimated, but Dionne hopes that the parents will realize the value of this program and begin signing up.
“We’re testing this and hoping to make it a permanent addition,” said Dionne, “if we have interest, it will continue to be offered.”
Perry Higman, director of the EWU Honor’s Program and professor of Spanish, is in charge of the course content and faculty recruiting. Higman’s Summer Program offers the following course options:
–An Art and Poetry Experience, 12-4 p.m. June 27. Lanny DeVuono, chair of the EWU Department of Art, and Perry Higman will explore “art” by using Pablo Neruda and performance art.–Backpacking and Camping Trip, July 7-8. Perry Higman and Matt Chase, assistant professor of recreation, will lead students on a hike and overnight stay to the Chimney Rock of the Selkirk Range.
–Church and State Discussion, 12-4 p.m. July 11. Keith Quincy, chair of the EWU Department of Government, and Dan Sisson, honors professor of history, will conduct a participatory dialogue on the historical controversy on the wall between church and state through the eyes of 14th century’s Thomas Aquinas and Marsilius of Padua.
–The Golden Mean and You, 12-4 p.m. July18. Dana Elder, professor of English and honors and chair of the EWU English Department, examines certain ethical principles identified by Aristotle as they influence our decision-making of today.
This program offers many benefits to the students opting to take the courses and excel.”This can be their first step toward a college degree and a wonderful opportunity to experience the breadth of what college can bring,” Dionne said.
For more information and details on the programs and field trips, please contact Alice Dionne at (509) 623-4338 or by e-mail: email@example.com
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