The coronavirus pandemic forced Clemson University to cancel many of its popular summer outreach programs, and some have moved their operations online and continue to attract interest from prospective students.
Cherese Fine, director of the Snelsire, Sawyer, & Robinson Clemson Career Workshop (CCW), acted quickly to move the workshop online after Clemson announced camps and programs on campus would be canceled. The workshop is a summer program designed to promote the readiness of high-achieving students from diverse populations to enter college with the additional intention of attracting them to Clemson University.
While it’s disappointing not to have an on-campus program, Fine said the safety of students, faculty, staff and the community had to take priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the suddenness of the shift, her team worked hard to create a virtual experience that will be well worth the time.
“The Clemson Career Workshop is an experience many of our program alumni cherish whether they attended Clemson or not,” said Fine. “Our applicants were looking forward to coming to campus this summer. While we made the decision to cancel our on-campus events, I did not want the students to miss out on our program. Nothing can replace the traditional on-campus experience; however, we plan to bring what makes CCW special to our participants virtually.”
The online program will have a mix of live and on-demand sessions and virtual activities. CCW will continue to include academic sessions with Clemson faculty, experiential learning opportunities, sessions on college preparation and life skills and opportunities for interaction with Clemson students, faculty, staff and alumni.
“We are very proud that despite the logistical challenges taking place throughout the country, CCW is seeking innovative ways to connect with rising high school seniors to empower them with great academic resources during the summer break,” said Julio Hernandez, chief of staff for Clemson’s Division of Inclusion and Equity.
The workshop gives rising high school seniors an opportunity to get an inside look at Clemson University while learning tips and tools needed to prepare for college and beyond. It also exposes students to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.
“Similar to our on-campus experience, students will be able to engage with Clemson students, faculty, staff and alumni. They will explore what Clemson has to offer while learning tips and tools that will help them prepare and transition to college,” said Fine.
The virtual program is free, and any high school student who will be a senior in the 2020-21 academic year is eligible to participate.
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