WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana — Members of Purdue Polytechnic High SchoolThe first promotion of will enter their last year already prepared to continue their studies at the university level.
Thirty-one of the rising seniors arrived at Purdue University on Sunday (July 12) where they are living in halls of residence until August 7.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels personally greeted students from Purdue Polytechnic High School on Wednesday, July 15 during an ACT/SAT prep class at the Wilmeth Active Learning Center.
Purdue Polytechnic High Schools strives to provide underrepresented students with authentic STEM-focused experiences that will prepare students for a successful future, especially at Purdue University if they qualify and choose to attend. There are now three such schools in central and northern Indiana, all committed to preparing a pathway for underrepresented students to enroll and succeed at Purdue.
“We are so fortunate that Purdue University offers our students the opportunity to gain on-campus experience by taking college courses,” said Shatoya Ward, founding principal of the first Purdue Polytechnic High School. “Our students will get an idea of the resources and individual support needed in a rigorous system. It is an experience our students will never forget and one that will prepare them for future success as a student and for future society, especially at a time like this.
John Gipson, director of the summer session, said current undergraduates will serve as mentors for students at Purdue Polytechnic High School, helping guide them through the on-campus experience.
“We want to increase access to Purdue University and give students a boost in their college education,” Gipson said. “We provide Purdue Polytechnic High School students with a true college experience.”
Part of this experience is the opportunity to take one of three graduate-level courses alongside current undergraduate students at no cost to students. Courses are in technology, management, or communications and allow seniors to earn up to three credit hours.
Gipson said Purdue Polytechnic High School students will participate in more than 20 events, attend scholarly conferences with Early Start students, and work at regular study tables. Attendees will also meet with various representatives from Purdue colleges and departments to explore majors on campus.
Students will also have access to success coaching through Purdue Polytechnic Institute recruitment and retention.
The month-long experience is funded by Purdue Polytechnic Institute and Diversity and Inclusion and is part of the University’s summer programs.
More than 1,000 new Boilermakers participate in Purdue’s Summer Start and Early Start programs, which allow students to arrive early, take summer credit courses and adjust to life on campus. The programs have in-person and online components. The program will last five weeks.
Organizers have worked with Protect Purdue Health Center and Halls of Residence to develop a safe move-in process that will include temperature checks, wellness kits and welcome packs. the Protect Purdue Health Center developed a detailed contact tracing plan.
Purdue Polytechnic High School opened its first charter school in Indianapolis in 2017 and its second in the Broad Ripple neighborhood of Indianapolis in 2019. The upcoming South Bend PPHS will replicate the innovative model that has successfully served area students. ‘Indianapolis.
STEM-focused schools offer students experiences such as internships, industrial projects, dual-credit courses, and technical certifications.
Schools continue to move forward with a grand opening Monday (July 20) of Purdue Polytechnic High School in the former PR Mallory building, owned by the city of Indianapolis.
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