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NSU Hosts Emerging Technology Computer Camp

IMG_0190While school is officially out for the summer, 30 students from Dillard High School’s Emerging Computer Technology magnet program came to Nova Southeastern University’s week-long Emerging Technology Computer Camp last week.

NSU’s College of Engineering and Computing hosted the students for the summer program, designed to inspire them to explore careers in engineering and technology. Sessions covered topics such as Java Programming, Human/Computer Interaction, Computer Engineering, Mobile Applications, Internet & Web Applications and Data Science/Visualization.

The camp was part of the university’s longstanding commitment to increasing the exposure of engineering and technology to men and women from under-served populations. “Partnerships between NSU and area schools are a key factor in introducing K – 12 students to critical skills in science, technology, engineering and math as well as sparking their interest in pursuing advanced education and professional careers,” said Meline Kevorkian, Ed.D., associate provost for the university.

While at NSU, the Dillard High School students also had classes in College Essay Writing, Career Planning and Writing Like a Scientist. They took a campus tour and spent Friday morning on field trip to Ultimate Software, headquartered in Weston.

“Our hope is that through an experience like this, we will turn the Dillard High students on to careers in these high demand fields,” said Gregory Simco, Ph.D., professor, College of Engineering and Computing.

Broward County is experiencing the second highest population growth in the state with a population of 1.6 million people and is estimated to grow to 2.5 million by 2030. The county has seen extensive growth of high tech manufacturing, engineering, and computer science industries. Yet, at the same time, there is a low college degree attainment level in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

Broward County School’s Dillard High School serves 1,872 students in grades 6-12 of which 50% are females, 90% are Black, 88% are economically disadvantaged, and 12% are students with disabilities.  As the first public school for people of African descent in Fort Lauderdale, Dillard incorporates an Emerging Computer Technology magnet program in order to integrate and expand the educational horizons of its minority students.

Leona Miracola, Director of Innovative Programs, Broward County Schools, commented, “This summer program at NSU was an outstanding opportunity for our computer science students at Dillard High School to learn about post-secondary options and how to prepare for college and careers in this field.”