Summer Academy is a three-week intensive program for high school students (grades 9-12) who anticipate attending a two- or four-year college or technical/trade school after graduation. The academy’s primary focus is to introduce the wide-range of skills and experiences necessary to have a successful post-secondary transition in education. Students achieve this by participating in a variety of activities and classes including techniques of daily living, travel skills, self-advocacy and networking skills, career awareness, social skills, enhancing access technology skills, low-vision rehabilitation, and STEM experiences. All students attending the academy reside at Penn State University in a dormitory. There the students share rooms, eat meals in a campus dining hall, and immerse themselves in other activities reflective of college life.
This program is provided by The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Bureau of Blindness and Visual Services (BBVS), in partnership with The Pennsylvania Department of Education, Bureau Of Special Education, Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), Pennsylvania State University College of Education and College of Health and Human Development, in conjunction with Penn State Conferences and Institutes, and Science U and the Materials Research Science & Engineering Center.
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