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Pre-College Summer Program 2020

An Academic Program for High School Students

The Pre-College Summer Program at Iona College gives rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get a glimpse of academic and campus life and earn college credits.

Back by overwhelmingly popular demand, Iona College will once again offer two one week-long immersive entrepreneurship experiences, specifically designed for high school students. These week-long immersive entrepreneurship experiences are designed to unlock students’ creativity and entrepreneurial potential. Courses are taught by expert faculty at Iona’s state-of-the-art collaborative learning space at the newly founded Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Students earn 3 college credits for each week-long course.

Students may also enroll in Iona College undergraduate courses and earn 3 college credits while learning alongside Iona College students.

Who Can Apply?

  • Rising HS juniors and seniors who have an exceptional record of academic performance (GPA of 3.0/B or better).

Tuition and Fees

  • $600 per course. Each course is 3 credits.

Week-Long Immersive Entrepreneurship Experiences

Week 1: July 6 - July 10
Week 2: July 13 - July 17

Instructor: Holly Blondin

Students may take one or both sessions.

Week 1: July 6 - 10
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
CREATIVITY for Innovation

Creative confidence is the foundation of innovation. Building creative confidence requires developing a creative practice. Throughout this intensive week you will become aware of your own creative capacities through interactive group activities that will exercise your creative muscles, grow your imagination, and help you shape your own creative practice. A multidisciplinary approach to creativity will be introduced and utilized to draw out your inner creative and build your creative momentum. Some creative techniques include visual art and creative writing for storytelling, movement and theatre, and futures thinking. At the end of the week you will walk away with a new creative toolbox and new perspectives that will broaden your ability to innovate and get your ideas out of your head and into action.

Week 2: July 13 - 17
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
DESIGN THINKING for Entrepreneurship

Design Thinking is a solutions based problem-solving methodology. However, human-centered in its approach to developing solutions, it is more than a methodology, it is a mindset. Design thinking can be applied to almost anything, but in this week-long intensive we will focus on applying it to entrepreneurship and business innovation. Through interactive team activities and projects, you will be introduced to the Design Thinking process, and learn to apply it so that you can turn your own observations into insights, and your insights into solutions. While putting into practice the design thinking techniques for observation, ideation, prototyping, and testing, individuals will also grow their skills in co-creation, collaboration, and shared leadership. At the end of the week you will share your ideas and present your solutions using storytelling methods.

Summer Pre-College Program: Undergraduate Courses

July 6 - 10:

SCS 108 - Introduction to American Sign Language
FPA 205 - Introduction to the Theatre: Theatre Foundations

July 13 - 17:

SCS 207 - Introduction to Communication Disorders

Each course is 3 credits and can be used to fulfill core requirements.

SCS 108 - Introduction to American Sign Language

July 6 - 10
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Instructor: Michelle Veyvoda, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Speech Communication Studies

This course will provide an introduction to American Sign Language. Emphasis will be placed on building vocabulary, understanding of simple grammatical structures, fingerspelling, and visual-receptive sign language skills. Topics related to Deaf culture and the Deaf community will also be discussed.

FPA 205 - Introduction to the Theatre: Theatre Foundations

July 6 - 10
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Instructor: Thomas Donnarumma Chair, Associate Professor
Fine and Performing Arts

An overview of the nature, purpose and functions of theatre, with a focus on the origins of theatre, the developments of the audience, performer, director, design elements and the theatre in the European continent. Attendance at The Iona College Theatre Ensemble production as well as attendance at a New York City theatre event is required.

SCS 207 - Introduction to Communication Disorders

July 13 - 17
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Instructor: Jennifer Gerometta, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Chair, Associate Professor
Speech Communication Studies

This course is an introduction to the study of communication and its disorders throughout the lifespan. It provides an overview of the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology, its history, the types of disorders encountered, their evaluation and treatment, and the ethical standards and credentialing requirements as set forth by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. An integral component of this course is extracurricular observation of assessment and therapy sessions conducted by speech-language pathologists.

Lunch is not provided; students may bring their own lunch and will also have the opportunity to purchase lunch at one of Iona’s dining locations.