Here’s an excerpt from “Born to Run,” written by Comstock’s Magazine writer Torey Van Oot:
Seung Bach, a professor of entrepreneurship at Sac State who led the Summer Academies [Entrepreneurship and Innovation Academy] in 2018, says all students, regardless of their career goals, need to learn how to think like a savvy business owner.
(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 interested in 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.
There’s nothing else like it, where students team up with Sacramento State professors and industry professionals to explore careers with hands-on activities in the laboratory and sometimes, on the floor.
The “Good Day” morning show has visited our Summer Academies as the program has grown and hundreds of high school students participated. Here are some great memories!
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.
Sacramento’s increasingly progressive farm-to-fork movement is sowing another field of food-consciousness with an inaugural F2F Academy for high school students, to be held twice this summer.
“We’ll get to start the weeklong (program) in the field and end it on the plate,” said Nicole Rogers, 37, who heads the F2F initiative for the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We’re all eaters, and it’s our duty to let (teens) know where our food comes from.”