ASU offering two free summer programs for Montgomery students | Events
Federal grants just awarded to ASU will create two different summer programs, which aren't found at typical summer camps.
These new summer high school programs, funded by the Federal government and administered by Alabama State University, will help prepare local students to excel in STEM classes, which are science, technology, engineering and math. In addition, one of the camps will help ninth- and 10th-graders prepare to become a part of the national transportation workforce.
ASU's department of Continuing Education, in conjunction with ASU’s department of Mathematics and Computer Science, have just been awarded a prestigious UNITE Program grant and the National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) grant, said Dr. Carl Pettis, chair of ASU’s department of Math and Computer Science.
“These federally funded programs are among the finest educational summer programs offered for our high school students,” Pettis said, “and ASU is only one of eight schools selected nationwide to offer the UNITE program, and one of only two statewide to have the NSTI program.”
There is no cost for students who want to participate in either program; however, they must meet the program’s academic and other criteria to qualify for the 31 combined available local slots in both programs, Pettis said.
The grants that fund both summer programs are valued at approximately $60,000.
“Students, their parents or local high school teachers or counselors are encouraged to contact me through ASU’s Math & C.S. Department or via ASU’s Continuing Education Department, as soon as possible, if they are interested in students applying for one of the 16 NSTI slots or one of the 15 UNITE Program positions,” Pettis said.
Details on the two ASU grant programs are as follows:
National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI): The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation fund it. NSTI is a summer educational initiative designed to prepare ninth- and 10th-grade students (particularly minorities and women) to become an important part of the transportation workforce. The program focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction. Only 16 students will be selected to the program based on required student criteria, which is available by contacting ASU’s Math or its Continuing Education departments. The dates for the NSTI summer program is June 9 - 30, and the students are provided housing on campus during the 22-day period.
The UNITE Program: It is funded by the U.S. Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) and coordinated by the Technology Student Association (TSA). UNITE is a pre-college summer program for talented ninth grade through senior high school students who are historically underrepresented and underserved in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. Only 15 talented and highly motivated high school students will be selected to the program based on required student criteria – please contact ASU’s Math & C.S. or its Continuing Education departments for full information. This summer program will take place from June 11 - July 13 at ASU.
For more information or to register for one of these programs, contact the ASU Math & C.S. Dept. at 229-4465, the ASU Dept. of Continuing Education at 229-4686 or email Dr. Pettis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: ASU Office of Media Relations and Public Information