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What is Summer Academy?

The VUB Summer Academy is all about getting you ready to head back to college. Whether you’re a first time college student, returning student, or just in need of a little refresher course, we designed the academy to help you succeed. The Summer Academy simulates a college environment* where you can get used to college type classes and instruction, which will give you leg up when comes to adjusting to the real thing.

Those that complete a Summer Academy Refresher Course, Class, Workshop, or Activity will be acknowledged by the VUB staff in the VUB. Furthermore, self-improvement through these activities looks good on resumes and scholarship applications, improving your chances of acceptance.  

* Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 Summer Academy will be exclusively presented online through the use of Zoom Conferencing and the Canvas online platform.

The Summer Academy offers:
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Refresher Courses

Veterans Upward Bound provides refresher courses in both Math and English to help students prepare for their general education classes and increase academic success. If you are taking a Math or English class in the next semester, we recommend taking one of these free classes.

These courses are completely online, giving you the same experience you would have if you were to take online college courses. Yet, we highly attempt to meet the needs of our participants and have morning and afternoon Zoom meetings available. These zoom meetings are a way for you to interact with the instructor as though you were in a seated class. It becomes the student’s chance for further instructional learning and tutoring.

Refresher Courses:

English Refresher Course – A six week  online course that helps students refresh their skills in the areas they will need to be successful in composition 1. These concepts include essay structure, paragraph writing, reading strategies, and basic grammar.

Math Refresher Course – A six week online course that helps students refresh their skills in the areas they will need to be successful in college level math. These concepts include algebra, geometry, statistics, counting methods, and more.

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Summer Academy Classes

Summer Academy also offers week long classes  that deal with a variety of topics of general education requirements. These include science, foreign language, creative writing, and personal development. The class sessions repeat daily to allow for varying participant schedules. Further online materials will be available for participants that are unable to attend the zoom sessions. We do ask that participants to sign up for classes to receive the zoom invitation; however, if a participant has access to the VUB Canvas page, you can attend any of the classes as they are released and zoom links are provide.

Classes on the Summer Academy Schedule will not be open and available until the first date of the posted class. On the date of the first class, zoom invitations will be emailed to the participants for the zoom session and links will be posted in the appropriate Canvas page. 

These classes are short, one week courses. While no grade is assigned, it is expected that participants who sign up should attend one zoom session each day to be acknowledged as  a completer of the class.

Classes:

Astronomy – Come learn the basics of concepts of Astronomy and Cosmology. We will look at concepts like the big bang theory, black holes, and other celestial bodies.

Learning Spanish – Come learn the basics of Spanish. Practice words and phrases and increase your fundamental conversation skills.

Important Biology Concepts – Come learn the some of the most important concepts in biology which you will deal with in college; evolution, germ theory, metabolism, etc.

Growth Mindset – Come learn the basics of Growth Mindset. The growth mindset is the belief that you can grow your brain and that your intelligence grows with effort.

Creative Writing – Come learn the basics of Creative Writing. Learn and experiment with short stories, poems, narrative essays, and anything else you might be interested in.

Physics Basics – Come learn the basics of concepts of Astronomy and Cosmology. We will look at some of the big names, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, etc. and their contributions to the field.

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Summer Academy Workshops

Summer Academy offers daily one hour workshop sessions. These include Understanding Microsoft Office, Philosophy Concepts, Psychology Concepts, World History, Understanding Diverse Cultures, and A Look at World Religions. The workshop sessions are once daily for five days on specific weeks. See the calendar for for full details.

Further online materials will be available for participants that are unable to attend the zoom sessions on the VUB Canvas Site. We do ask that participants sign up for workshops to receive the zoom invitation; however, if a participant has access to the VUB Canvas page, you can attend any of the classes as they are released and zoom links are provide.

Classes on the Summer Academy Schedule will not be open and available until the first date of the posted class. On the date of the first class, zoom invitations will be emailed to the participants for the zoom session and links will be posted in the appropriate Canvas page. 

Workshops:

Microsoft Office – Get a leg up on school by learning the basics of Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Publisher, Excel, and Powerpoint.

Philosophy Concepts – Learn the major concepts in philosophy that have been thought about and discussed for hundreds to thousands of years.

Psychology Concepts – Learn some of the basics of how the mind works and sometimes doesn’t work.

World History – Let’s look at major events that have happened in world history and broaden our own understanding.

Understanding Diverse Cultures – This is a look at other culture’s. Being aware of other cultures’ helps us to better understand our own place in the world.

A Look at World Religions – This is a look at various world religions, primarily with the top five and few  other obscure, yet notable ones. This class is not a promotion of any one religion but a better understanding of them. 

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Summer Academy Activities

In lieu of the annual field trips, due to COVID-19, the VUB is offering weekly Friday activities. These activities include Virtual Advising, VUB Podcast Interaction, a Fun & Games session, an Independence Day Celebration, a Show & Tell session, and an Art Time session. These activity sessions are two hour blocks and are drop in and drop out participation*.

*The VUB Podcast Interaction will be a more controlled environment to avoid messy and unorganized broadcast material.

Activities:

Virtual Advising – Speak with the Advisor and other VUB staff about school and other topics.  Advising will be conducted through zoom. You can even utilize OTC’s Zoom room with appointments.

VUB Podcast Interaction – Join the VUB Staff for some airtime on the Veteran Voices podcast. Recordings done during this time may be added to future episodes, including the Independence Day Special.

Fun & Games – Join the VUB Staff for online fun and games that are free of cost. Games include Drawful 2, Quiplash, and other various Jackbox games. Suggestions for other free online games accepted.

Independence Day Celebration – Join the VUB for a special day of honoring our nation. We’ll listen to a special airing of the Independence Day Special and take have an online Q & A.

Show & Tell – Is there something you are proud of that you’ve done? Do you want to show the world your work? Join us for a very special show and tell session.

Art Time – Join the VUB staff for an art activity. Do you have a favorite medium to paint or draw in? Bring your favorite medium to this zoom session and we’ll all use our mediums and use a prompt to create works of Art.

Summer Academy Schedule

Summer Academy Year 3 Schedule

For more information on the Summer Academy or to reserve seats in a particular session, contact the VUB Adult Education Coordinator – Alex Simpson – at 417-447-7843 or by email at simpsoma@otc.edu

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