While the summer is a great time to slow down and recharge, it can also be a great time to further your education and enhance your career. The College of Westchester (CW) offers several summertime opportunities for students to take advantage of.
According to Dr. Warren Rosenberg, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs at CW, the on-campus Jump Start and Summer Explorations programs were designed to give high school students the experience of taking a college course on a college campus, taught by a college professor. “For those who are the first in their families to pursue a college education, and for whom there is therefore no parental or sibling experience to guide them as to what to expect in college, this provides the students with an opportunity to experience college first-hand.” It’s also a great opportunity to meet students from other high schools who may have different backgrounds, he says. “This experience not only allows students to accumulate college credits, which can help to reduce their time-to-degree and overall expense of earning a college degree, it also helps increase their confidence in their ability to do college-level work.”
Additionally, says Dr. Rosenberg, “taking the initiative to pursue college-level study during the summer will look great on their college applications and will likely give them a competitive advantage in the admissions process.”
Dr. Rosenberg adds that what’s unique about the Summer Explorations Academy classes are the guest speakers brought in from business, industry, and community groups to speak with students. The program also includes field trips to professional sites that relate to what students are studying. “These provide students with the opportunity to meet and interact with professionals who work in the fields that students may someday pursue employment in.”
For current college students looking to finish their degree earlier or to lighten their course load during the school year, online courses can be a good option. Robert Onorato, the Dean of Online Education at CW, says, “By taking courses over the summer, a student can accelerate his or her completion by up to a full semester,” which can add up over the course of a few years. “A second and related benefit comes from this earlier graduation. If a degree increases one’s earning potential, and a student achieves this degree more quickly, then a student will have the opportunity to make more money sooner. This can be a significant benefit that students should certainly consider when deciding to continue through the summer months.”
One of the biggest benefits of online summer courses is the flexibility, Onorato explains. “Coursework that is delivered online can be completed at any time of the day or night, whenever a student has some time available. A student does not have to be in a classroom at the same, specific time week after week, but can complete coursework whenever it is most convenient for the student” and from “virtually any place that has a computer or mobile device and an internet connection.” While this is beneficial year-round, this flexibility is especially valuable during the summer, as work schedules, family obligations, school breaks, and even vacations place more demands on the time of the student.” These online courses enable students “to continue on with their studies without interruption, achieving their goals in a timely manner, perhaps even more quickly than first anticipated.”
Students can make the most of these summer options by making sure they get organized and stay mindful of deadlines for coursework and to plan how assignments and activities will be completed by these dates, says Onorato.
You can learn more about summer education opportunities by visiting The College of Westchester online.