When the COVID-19 pandemic forced school closures beginning in
March, Jill Matsueda was initially optimistic about the potential
for Sacramento State’s Summer Youth Programs to offer welcome
respite to local kids and teens cooped up in their homes
That optimism changed first to heartbreak when she realized that
the programs, held on campus each June and July, also would be
affected by social-distancing protocols remaining in force into
summer. Her keen disappointment, however, changed to
determination when she and other University leaders decided
to forge ahead and offer the much-loved courses online.
The worldwide pandemic has been especially tough on hospitality
and tourism. How do you make traveling or dining out a safer
experience? High school students will tackle a real-world issue,
learn to navigate change and see a new world of
possibilities, says Professor Shirsat.
Here’s his blog on the Hospitality and Tourism Academy:
This year’s Summer Academies for High School Students at
Sacramento State are giving local teenagers practical, hands-on
experience in industries that are both new and hundreds of years
Welding and Fabrication, Data Science and Digital Forensics are
some of the new programs added to Summer Academies, a series of
weeklong courses aimed at introducing high schoolers to potential
career fields as well as life on a college campus.
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
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
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.”