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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. Students enroll in Iona College undergraduate courses and earn college credit. The five courses offered are week-long intensives, allowing students to explore a variety of topics with professors who are leading experts in their fields.

About the Courses

  • Entrepreneurship – (Creativity for Innovation, and Design Thinking for Entrepreneurship) Back by overwhelmingly popular demand, these two 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.
  • Introduction to American Sign Language – Learning American Sign Language (ASL) will empower you to communicate and build relationships with the Deaf people in your community and beyond. As the predominant sign language of Deaf communities in the United States and Canada, ASL is used for communication in professions ranging from medicine, social work and education to business, the arts, and even law enforcement.
  • Intro to Theater / Theater Foundations – Do you thrive on creativity? Do you dream about performing onstage? Does the word “Broadway” excite and inspire you? Students who enroll in this course will not only learn about the development, craft and implementation of this art form but will also have the opportunity to attend a theatrical production in New York City.
  • Introduction to Communications Disorders – If you are interested in the fields of speech-language pathology or audiology, this is the summer experience you are looking for. Learn what it takes to become a speech-language pathologist or audiologist and observe therapy sessions conducted at Iona's state-of-the art Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.

Who Can Apply?

  • Rising HS juniors and seniors who have a strong record of academic performance (GPA of 3.0/B or better).
  • Applicants may select more than one session.

Tuition and Fees

  • $600 per course. Each week-long course is 3 credits.

Creativity for Innovation

Immersive Entrepreneurship Experience Week 1:
July 6 - 10
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Instructor: Holly Blondin, Design Strategist and Educator of Creative and Innovation Methodologies

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.

Design Thinking for Entrepreneurship

Immersive Entrepreneurship Experience Week 2:
July 13 - 17
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Instructor: Holly Blondin, Design Strategist and Educator of Creative and Innovation Methodologies

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.

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.