The Summer of 2017 was a busy and productive period for the College. In support of the University’s community service mission, CECS welcomed partnerships with several educational programs open to students and middle and high school educators, during the months of June – August. In hosting a National Science Foundation Camp, the annual Gear Up Program, and Project Lead the Way, the College was able to share information about CECS programs and potential careers in engineering and computer science with over two hundred students and teachers.
In concert with several grant-funded initiatives, CECS hosted a summer camp sponsored by the National Science Foundation during the month of July. The camp was organized to introduce high school students from across the region to the variety of engineering and computer science majors, as well as internship and full-time career opportunities upon graduation.
Throughout the regular school year, UTC’s Gear Up Program works with potential first generation college students from Hamilton County Schools to share with them information about the advantages and opportunities of post-secondary study. Gear Up counselors also work with the students and their families in mastering the admissions and financial aid processes necessary for enrollment. During the month of June, CECS and the EMCS Building become the summer “home” for the Gear Up students as they participate in various courses and enrichment activities.
During the month of July, CECS hosted multiple courses as a part of its annual Project Lead the Way Program. Over the course of two weeks, three dozen middle and high school teachers came to the college to learn from master teachers, new instructional methods and content in a variety of STEM courses. Sponsorship of the Project Lead the Way curriculum provides the opportunity for the teachers to meet CECS faculty and see firsthand the College’s facilities, while learning about the academic programs and scholarships for which their students may apply.