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Educational Summer Programs Increase College Attendance

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Ignite your child’s internal drive to attend Stanford and Other Universities

College admittance is getting more and more competitive. What can parents do to give their students an edge in the race for admission to colleges like Stanford and Columbia? One solution is to send children and teens to academic summer camps and computer camps to increase academic readiness and put them one step ahead.

A study by the American Camp Association showed that positive youth development from pre-to-post camp occurred in many campers in all measured domains, including, but not limited to: personal identity, social skills, personal values, and physical/cognitive (thinking) skills.

Students surveyed also showed positive change in making friends, positive identity, independence and leadership, all of which are important factors when it comes to succeeding in high school and then getting into college.

While it’s tempting to say that students who attend these academic summer camps are already planning on going to college in the future–or that their parents give them the support and funds to make it possible–the individual camp experience can make all the difference.

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education, “Money [or a lack thereof] is not the barrier to college. Evidence indicates that the vast majority of students who don’t attend college are kept out by academic barriers, not financial ones.”

Deborah Dietrich wanted to give her son an advantage, so she found a summer technology camp called iD Tech Camps. iD Tech Camps provides summer technology programs for kids ages 7-17 at over fifty prestigious universities across the U.S. At this summer computer camp, students use state-of-the-art technology to produce cutting edge projects like creating a website with Flash, filming and creating digital movies, designing a video game, or learning to program in C++ or Java™. With small class sizes averaging only six students per instructor, students are given individual attention at the camp–unlike school where there are usually twenty or thirty students in a class.

“iD Tech Camps has pointed my son in the direction of becoming a true leader,” said Deborah Dietrich. “After camp, Sebastian’s confidence increased as he learned real world technology skills that will take him far in life.”

Students who attend summer computer camps such as iD Tech Camps leave with practical knowledge and skills in technology, as well as new friends. While most summer computer camps for kids and teens can claim this as well, attending iD Tech Camps has proven to put students one step ahead of their peers when it comes to getting into–and attending–college. A recent survey distributed to former campers reported that an astounding 94% of iD Tech Camps alumni went on to attend college.

“This is impressive and something we are very proud of,” states Pete Ingram-Cauchi, President and CEO of iD Tech Camps. “iD Tech Camps gives students a solid educational experience while exposing them to the many facets that make up the university experience–increasing their readiness and excitement about college. We’ve been running our tech camps for 10 years, and we are finally seeing the data come full circle. The trends are exciting.”

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, “roughly 35 percent of college-aged students go on to attend college.” So why are students at iD Tech Camps increasing this percentage so drastically?

One word: inspiration.

iD Tech Camps inspires students in many ways. By holding summer camps at 50 prestigious universities including Stanford, UCLA and MIT, iD Tech students get a feel for what it’s like to go to college; they then strive to get in “for real” after high school. Students at camp are given the opportunity to further develop a hobby or passion then turn it into a potential career.

The mentors at camp are enthusiastic instructors immersed in the tech field. Instructors teach using cutting-edge products that the pros use like Photoshop®, Flash®, Final Cut Pro®, Maya®, Wacom Pen Tablets® and others, inspiring students to dive into their specific program of interest.

“My daughter learned creative, programming and development skills while at iD Tech Camps,” said Madelyne Woods. “These skills will help prepare her for college and a professional career.”

Attending summer academic camps and computer camps like iD Tech Camps plays a large factor in preparing students for college.