Kids flock to Rowan University for pre-college programs | rowan today

They discovered careers in everything from medicine and biomedical research to engineering, teaching, social work and beyond. They gained an understanding of what it takes to succeed in college – and many started by earning college credit.

They honed their entrepreneurial skills. They told stories. They made music. And they explored the critical ethical issues facing our world.

Moreover, they have grown individually and collectively, learning from each other – and from Rowan University students and faculty who are dedicated to helping them nurture and discover their passions.

Indeed, for middle and high school students, summer on Rowan’s campuses has meant days and weeks of intellectual challenges, career exploration…and fun. Here are some highlights:

Preparing for college

Based in Camden, Rowan is Rowan’s long-standing business. CHAMP/GEAR-UP Program aims to increase the number of college and high school graduates ready to enter college.

About 90 students from the Camden City School District are participating in the six-week program this summer, including 14 in a residential cohort at Rowan’s campus in Glassboro. The program runs until August 5.

“They get hands-on college experience,” said Winona Wigfall, Rowan’s CHAMP/GEAR-UP program director. “They take a college-credit course as well as enrichment classes like public speaking, an SAT prep class, and a dance class with a Rowan teacher.”

In addition to the summer component of CHAMP/GEAR-UP, the network of pre-college programs supports over 400 students throughout the year with after-school tutoring, mentoring, leadership activities, application to college and financial aid, scholarships and more.

Tell stories

New this summer, the Storytellers Camp in the Ric Edelman College of Communication and Creative Arts was a creative media arts program that provided upper elementary, middle and high school students with learning experiences to better share their stories.

The camp immersed students in a variety of media to become storytellers in creative fields like art, advertising and public relations, photojournalism, creative writing, and sports communication.

Understanding Ethics

On August 3, high school students will explore ethical challenges in preparing for college in a day-long workshop on ethics and college skills.

Presented by the Department of Philosophy and World Religions in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the workshop will bring together 30 sophomores, juniors and seniors working on case studies and activities on topics such as environmental and business ethics, censorship, free speech, social media, justice social and equality. The free workshop is supported in part by a grant from the American Philosophical Association.

Explore Careers

One hundred high school students from six South Jersey districts are spending two weeks on campus for the first ROPES Summer Institute.

Fostering opportunities for student success and workforce readiness in careers such as teaching, computing, engineering, the music industry, and social services, the institute is funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the United States Department of Education.

Offered year-round, ROPES (Rowan University Post-Secondary Excellence and Success Opportunity) is a collaboration between the College of Educationthe College of Humanities and Social Sciencesthe Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and the College of Performing Arts.

Go full steam ahead

Twenty-nine high school students and 19 middle school students went full throttle this summer with programs focused on personal development, academic success, college readiness and leadership.

The STEAM Academy offered classes in physics, environmental science, and video arts, as well as workshops on SAT prep, wellness, leadership, and career counseling.

Students were able to earn three college credits for the program, which included learning experiences like a trip to Rowan University’s Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park and special evening activities.

Make music

The College of Performing Arts this summer offered six distinct camps for students in grades 7 to 12. The String Camp accepted students from grade seven, while the Band Camp, Vocal Camp, Composition Camp, Jazz Camp, and Music Technology and Business Camp served students from grades 9 through 12.

Camps are coordinated by Rowan Community Music School and led by CPS faculty and area teachers and performers.

Preparing for medicine

Rowan University Cooper School of Medicine four weeks summer days schedule introduces rising 11th and 12th graders to the rigors of medical school. Students were exposed to four medical specialties (Pathology, Cardiopulmonology, Gastroenterology, and Neurology) and participated in lectures, demonstrations, case-based learning activities, and clinical simulations. This summer’s program had two sections, MEDacademy and the Advanced Masters MEDacademy, with approximately 60 students enrolled.

Train future biomedical researchers

The High School Biomedical Studies Program to Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine at Stratford gives students a taste of careers in biomedical research and medicine. A two-week immersive learning experience, the program allows students to observe and perform laboratory techniques and biomedical research experiments with guidance from faculty and student mentors. Up to 20 students were expected to participate in 2022.

Promote entrepreneurial thinking

The Rohrer College of Commerce hosted its sixth annual edition this summer Think Like an Entrepreneur Summer Academy, a free program that offers transferable college credits to every high school student who completes it. This summer, the program awarded its 1,000th free credit hour, as 62 students not only completed the course, but did so thinking and acting in a way to benefit humanity.

RISE-ing Engineer Training

For children and high school students who like to tinker, Rowan’s Introductory Programs for Engineering Students (RISE) are a great way to explore new skills. Offered by the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and sponsored by PSEG, these summer workshops spark students’ interest in engineering with fun, hands-on projects. The college has offered three programs for 2022: RISE Jr., for fourth and fifth graders; RISE MS for middle school students; and RISE for high school students.

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