(June 5,, 2018) Two new programs have been added to Sacramento State’s popular Summer Academies for High School Students series and the career fields they explore couldn’t be timelier.
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Academy and the Future Teachers Academy will join this year’s weeklong workshops, held on campus and taught by Sacramento State faculty and alumni. All told, the University will offer 14 academies in 2018, and some 350 high school students are expected to participate.
The computer lab was filled with the staccato tap, tap, tap of fingers dancing on keyboards. The students’ faces were illuminated by their computer screens as they worked silently, scanning lines of code to see if their simulated cyberattacks would be successful.
TV personality Courtney Dempsey from “Good Day” popped in for the kickoff of the 2017 Summer Academies for High School Students at Sacramento State. She was particularly intrigued by the two new additions to the line-up: the Coding Academy and the Cyber Security Academy. So she caught up with the two computer science professors who put it all together: Devin Cook and Jun Dai.
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.
If you can decipher “PB&J,” then without a doubt you can start coding, as in writing a computer program, says computer scientist Devin Cook.
Cook is a computer science professor at Sacramento State, who will lead the Coding Academy for High School Students. This academy and one on Cyber Security are the newest offerings in the 2017 Summer Academies for High School Students at Sacramento State.
Nicole Rogers, head of the Farm-to-Fork initiative for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, answers questions about the 2016 Farm-to-Fork Summer Academy, hosted by the College of Continuing Education at Sacramento State.
The News10@9 newscast featured the Fashion Academy taught by Ernie Olson, professor emeritus at Sacramento State, and Esther Amato, a lecturer in the Family & Consumer Sciences Department. “It’s a little bit of everything: fashion illustration, creating marketing plans and actually sewing and having fun,” said Amato.
Laurie Earl knows the law — as a public defender who represented people accused of a crime, then on the other side of the aisle as a deputy district attorney who prosecuted them, and finally, as a judge. And for the first time, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Laurie Earl will share her unique perspective with high school students at Sacramento State this summer.