If you can decipher “PB&J,” then without a doubt you can start coding, as in writing a computer program, says Devin Cook, a computer science professor at Sacramento State. He will lead the Coding Academy, one of the newest offerings in the 2017 Summer Academies for High School Students.
Growing up in China, Jun Dai didn’t own a computer but he was still able to master video games. He got access to computers and the internet through “net bars” that rented machines by the hour. And there, he discovered his passion and a profession, not as a gamer but as a defender.
Judge Laurie Earl took her seat on the Sacramento Superior Court in 2005, appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She created and leads the Democracy in Action Academy, formerly the Civic Duty Academy for High School Students, where she gives students a behind-the-scenes look at the three branches of government.
Philip Flickinger joined the faculty in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State in 2013 and is an instructor in the Summer Academies for High School Students program. He and fellow Sacramento State Professor Melinda Wilson Ramey lead the Theater and Performing Arts Summer Academy, combing their talents in choreography, dance and drama.
Jason Hemler has been a part of the Sacramento State Paramedic Program since its inception in 2009. He became program director in 2013 and has been instrumental in making the Paramedic Program a leader in quality prehospital education in California. He’s also an instructor in the Summer Academies for High School Students, leading the Fire and Emergency Services Academy.
Shelly Hodgkins works as a sergeant in the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department and has been one of the instructors in the Summer Academies for High School Students program for several years. As leader of the Law Enforcement Academy, Hodgkins wants young people to meet and talk with different officers, to get a first-hand look at their assignments and to explore law enforcement as a career.
Dr. Ernie Olson, known for his creative approach to teaching and his humorous delivery style, received an outstanding teaching award from the College of Health and Human Services at Sacramento State. Throughout his tenure, he consistently earned top marks from his students and now, he’s now inspiring a new generation of students.
Dr. Drew Reams brings his students into the “real life” world of criminologists as an instructor in the Summer Academies for High School Students program. He is a professor of biological sciences at Sacramento State and heads the Forensics Academy, showing students how forensic biology can solve crimes and how CSI really works.
Dr. Christina Strandgaard has been a lecturer with the Department of Biological Sciences at Sacramento State since 2011 and is an instructor in the Summer Academies for High School Students program. In the Health Careers 101 Academy, students will learn whether a career in the health profession suits their interests, talents and skills by researching various health professions and developing academic and career goals.
Dr. Rustin Vogt is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Sacramento State and an instructor in the Summer Academies for High School Students program. He opens up the world of robotics in the Engineering and Robotics Academy, where students build and program their own “Boe-Bot.”
George Warren is a professor in the Communication Studies Department at Sacramento State and teaches broadcast news writing. He is a veteran multimedia journalist and one of the instructors in the Summer Academies for High School Students program. He leads the Multimedia Journalism Academy with his wife Sharon Ito, who worked as a broadcast journalist in Sacramento and Los Angeles.
Dr. Melinda Wilson Ramey joined the Department of Theatre and Dance at Sacramento State in 2005 and brings her talent to a new audience through the Summer Academies for High School Students program. She has teamed up with fellow Sacramento State professor Philip Flickinger for the Theater and Performing Arts Academy, where students explore the dramatic world of performing arts and learn about educational opportunities in the arts.