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Summer Academy for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Enhancing Independence Skills for Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education

The Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR), Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (BVRS) in partnership with the Bureau of Special Education’s Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (BSE-PaTTAN) and The Pennsylvania State University (PSU) are pleased to offer the Summer Academy for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing: Enhancing Independence Skills for Students Transitioning to Post-Secondary Education. It will be held July 10 through July 22, 2020 at Penn State University, University Park, PA

Deadline to apply: January 31, 2020

Successful college students are hired as Resident Assistants to live and attend classes with the program participants and serve as mentors. These Resident Assistants insure the safety of the students and assist with the classroom instruction. Prior to the start of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Summer Academy, the Resident Assistants participate in a four day training program to develop strategies to enhance the educational experience for participants who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The 2020 Summer Academy Program offers 2 weeks of fulfilling summer employment as a Resident Assistant to successful college students. Paid training dates are July 10-11, 2020. The program dates are July 12 through July 22, 2020. Resident Assistants receive free campus housing, parking, and meals throughout the program dates.

Academy Details:

  • A two-week experience building on current student skills and enhancing independence skills for students transitioning to post-secondary education
  • Available at no cost to eligible students currently enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in the 2019-2020 school year who anticipate attending a two-year or four-year college or technical/trade school after graduation from high school
  • Focus areas include: self-advocacy and networking skills, career awareness, social skills, communication access options awareness, and enhancing access technology skills
  • Students reside at Penn State in a dormitory, sharing a room with another student