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High school students jump-start their college careers through Quinnipiac’s summer programs

March 11, 2022

Dozens of students walk across the quad on the Mount Carmel Campus

Many high school students are choosing to take advantage of the extra time they have in the summer to get a jumpstart on their college education through Quinnipiac’s growing summer offerings.

The programs offered include fundamentals of data analysis and Microsoft Excel, data sciences, entrepreneurship and innovation, game design and eSports management, introduction to cybersecurity, media production, medical microbiology, introduction to photography, the art of podcasting and sports journalism.

High school students who attend summer programs have the opportunity to pursue their passions at the college level — while building a portfolio of work within a field of interest, connecting with Quinnipiac faculty, staff and other students while earning valuable experience to add to a resume.

Emma Barringer, a high school student who completed the program last year, found a new appreciation for science from her time in the medical microbiology program.

“I collaborated with interesting people who shared a common interest with me and learned from professors who intensely knew their subject matter,” said Barringer. “I left the program with a refined knowledge of science and microbiology which has benefited me in my current biology class.”

Michael Guillen, who also completed the program while in high school, said he was challenged to go outside of his comfort zone in the media production program and walked away with a better grasp on what he might want to pursue in the future.

“I was impressed that complete and total strangers can come together and create projects and videos that are so fascinating,” said Guillen.

Patricia Melton, president of New Haven Promise, a college scholarship and career development program, said that the opportunity to participate in summer programs can get students ahead.

“The earlier a student is exposed to career pathways, the less likely they are to enter college undecided on a field of study/major and would spend less time shifting through majors,” said Melton. “Early exposure to college-going experiences boost students' confidence in their studies, keeping them on track towards earning a degree and launching their desired career.”

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