College credit for summer programs: Marlboro offers week-long courses for high school students

MARLBORO — Building on five years of success with week-long "pre-college" summer programs for high school students, Marlboro College will be offering a new, redesigned schedule including the option for college credit. The college is offering eight weeklong courses in July on a range of topics, and all of them will include workshops on preparing for college and on community engagement.

"Many other colleges run summer programs for high school students, but ours provide a unique combination of experiential learning and substantial college academics," said Kate Trzaskos, director of community programs and partnerships at Marlboro. "With the addition of valuable college credits, Marlboro's programs are both an opportunity for personal and academic growth and leg-up for any student's future in college."

Marlboro's pre-college summer programs offer young adults the opportunity to study with college notable faculty members and to build relationships with a group of students passionate about learning, in the classroom and out. Each course focuses on a specific subject area, with titles like "DIY Chemistry Gadgets," "Documentary Filmmaking," "Interpreting Landscape," and "Cartography 101: You Are Here."

This year, each course will also include a College Prep Seminar, equipping students with information and questions that will help them navigate their college search. Potential topics include the admissions process, financial aid, campus life, and writing a college essay. Students will also participate in a workshop on community engagement, and in evening activities exploring the simple pleasures southern Vermont has to offer, from swimming holes to ice cream shops.

One new course is titled "Changemaker Week: Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship," and marks the first summer program taught by a Marlboro graduate faculty member, another benefit of the recent relocation of graduate programs to the Marlboro campus. This course is an opportunity for students interested in positive change to apply new business concepts and design thinking to address real-world problems.

"These programs are an amazing opportunity for high school kids to come to Marlboro, hang out with accessible college faculty and current students, and talk about subjects in the kind of detail they do not normally get to talk about in high school," said Trzaskos. "Students from past years consistently report that these are life-changing experiences."

Marlboro College offers a 10-percent discount for Windham County residents, relatives of Marlboro alumni or current students, past summer program participants, Beautiful Minds Challenge participants, and Oak Meadow affiliates. Other financial aid opportunities available upon application: priority deadline May 1.

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