NYIT Academy offers future grads a running start

Smarter summer: High school students ages 15-20 can jump-start their college careers this summer at the tech-focused NYIT Academy.

With the collegiate world focused this week on the Class of 2018, the New York Institute of Technology is taking a broader view – and opening its doors to pre-collegians interested in tomorrow’s tech.

The NYIT Academy, a smorgasbord of career-oriented summer programs combining academic instruction and hands-on field experience, is coming to NYIT’s Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.

Open to students ages 15 to 20, the academy promises an “immersive college experience” for high-schoolers, including the potential to earn real academic credits.

Most importantly, NYIT Academy gives both the students and their college-level instructors a glimpse of things to come, according to Executive Director Emily Rukobo.

“Getting to interact with high school students during the summer programs is like seeing the future,” Rukobo told Innovate LI. “The students bring so much energy and curiosity, and when they start working with faculty members and fellow students, using the engineering facilities or the health-professions equipment, they get a vision of what it would be like in those careers.”

Emily Rukobo: Look into the future.

Offering young learners a unique combination of book smarts and what NYIT called “unique cultural experiences,” the sessions – offering two academic credits apiece – begin in early July and end in early August, each running between one and four weeks. Pre-collegians are invited to register for multiple sessions.

NYIT Academy programs planned for the Old Westbury campus include the Health and Medical Academy, a two-week course spanning NYIT’s School of Health Professions and College of Osteopathic Medicine. Coursework covers various health-related endeavors, including work in NYIT laboratories, CPR training and interactive lectures.

Also coming to Old Westbury, via the School of Engineering & Computing Sciences, are a two-week Makers and Fabricators program – participants “take an idea from paper to assembly” using metal, plastic, wood and more – and the Technology and Engineering Experience, a two-week exploration of coding, robotics, materials science, engineering and related disciplines.

Registration for each session is limited, NYIT said. Applications for program scholarships closed May 1; more information on program tuition and dates available here.

In 2017, more than 40 teenagers attended NYIT Academy programs on the Old Westbury campus, according to the institute, learning directly from NYIT students and faculty about potential careers in engineering, computing sciences, health sciences and other in-demand 21st century professions.

“NYIT students tend to know what they want to do,” Rukobo noted. “These summer programs help young high school students get closer to a sense of purpose, professionally.”

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