Summer school options in Philadelphia

Whether you’re looking for college credit, or want to learn how to redesign your own kitchen, this summer Philadelphia is brimming with college-level courses.

Community College of Philadelphia

The Center for Male Engagement will be hosting a summer program geared toward African-American males entering the college for the first time for the fall of 2012. This free program is designed to orient incoming students to the expectations and rigors of the college experience prior to the start of semester.

Gwynedd-Mercy College

A new satellite campus in Bensalem will officially open tomorrow, and classes will be offered this summer. The campus will offer accelerated degree completion and master’s degrees for working adults.

Neumann University

Neumann is offering free career counseling and three master’s degree programs at half off the usual tuition for all Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic school teachers who lose their positions in 2012. The programs available for the discount are education, organizational and strategic leadership, and pastoral care and counseling. Teachers must enroll by the start of the May 2013 summer session.

Rutgers University-Camden

The 26th annual Summer Writers’ Conference, June 18-27, will deliver an intensive program of workshops, lectures and readings, featuring a staff of nationally known writers, poets and editors. The conference is open to both Rutgers students and the community, though some prior workshop or experience is required.

Temple University

Perfect for anyone working toward a career in special education, or current teachers in search of continuing education credits, Temple University Institute on Disabilities’ three-day “Beyond Inclusion” workshop (July 10-12) will explore strategies for extending education to disabled students. This year’s event will feature a new emphasis on emotional disabilities, and an exploration of new ways to address bullying. “For us, it’s important to create a learning experience for future and current teachers, as to how to build a classroom that does more than simply include,” says Institute on Disabilities staff member Susan Fullam.

Philadelphia University

PU’s interior decorating certificate program is opening up two one-day electives: Designing for Small Spaces and Savvy Sustainable. Both courses — offered between July 11 and Aug. 7 — are perfect for weekend home remodelers. A more intensive monthlong course, Kitchen and Bath Design, will also be open to amateurs. The class will cover the nitty-gritty of cabinet and appliance installation, and much more.

For high school students

DUCA: Drexel University Computing Academy

June 24-July 28

After Pennsylvania cut funding for the Governor’s School, Drexel transformed their GS computing program into their own summer academy. The monthlong college introductory camp for high school sophomores and juniors features courses on Web development, social networking, animation, cloud computing and more.

The tuition includes all expenses, including food and lodging.

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