Course Offerings
2024 Summer Youth Academies

Course Listing

Registration begins March 1. 

Recommended Academies for 7th – 10th Graders

Exciting opportunities for students to preview college, engage in hands-on academic and career exploration, and explore a variety of subjects through interactive projects and coaching.

CREATIVE WRITING: TELLING EXTRAORDINARY STORIES

July 15 – 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Students will create their own illustrative story, learn plot and story structure, build rich characters and explore the discipline of chunking – the art of incorporating daily writing. Students will also learn to edit by working collaboratively to peer critique each other’s work.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Matt Johnson

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT: THEORIES OF CRIME

July 22 – 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Have you ever wondered why some people commit crimes and others don’t? Gain an understanding of the causes of crime (related to biology, sociology, psychology, and social factors), be able to discuss the origins of modern criminology and make connections between theories of crime causation and programs/policies.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Daniel Templeton

DYNAMIC NATURE DRAWING

July 8 – 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Explore the world of outdoor drawing, from buildings to nature, on the beautiful Sacramento State campus. Students will create a personalized sketchbook around daily outdoor themes using various mediums to enhance their favorite sketches.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Sara Chacon Cardona

INTRODUCTION TO 3D PRINTING AND DESIGN

July 15 – 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

This workshop will introduce participants to 3D modeling and additive fabrication for rapid prototyping. They will be able to access the Sacramento State maker space to build a 3D solution to a design challenge and take home their creation.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Preston Tobery

INTRODUCTION TO PYTHON PROGRAMMING

June 24 – 28, 1 – 5 p.m. (In-person)

Get a head start on a fascinating career in programming with a class in Python. Students will gain the skills to create desktop applications, websites, and web applications using Python and learn algorithmic thinking applications in other subjects such as science and math.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Gary Garot

INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO GAME DEVELOPMENT

June 24 – 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Online)

Explore the fundamentals of game theory, game platform, and genres. Students will design their own game using Stencil. This course will provide students with a knowledge of digital graphic design, project planning and analytical work.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Cheng-Chi Lee

PERFORMING ARTS: ACTING FOR STAGE & SCREEN

July 8 – 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Whether you are looking to become a professional actor or become more comfortable presenting in public, this course (taught by the Executive Director of the NorCal School of Arts) will give you the confidence and skills to make you a success in front of an audience!

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Michele Hillien-Noufer

WEB DESIGN & WORDPRESS: DESIGNING YOUR OWN WEBSITE

July 8 – 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Have you ever wanted to create and design your own webpage? Participants will learn how to develop visually impressive websites using Wordpress and explore how to market websites with social media and search engine optimization (SEO).

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Kirk McMorris

WRITING EFFECTIVE ARGUMENTS

July 22 – 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Online)

Through written and spoken practice, students learn to argue effectively using their voice. Students will learn to write clear and powerful arguments for school and beyond in various genres, including formal essays, letters, and poetry.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Sarah Hancock

YOUR FINANCIAL JOURNEY: A ROADMAP FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS

June 24 – 28, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Online)

This course introduces students to financial concepts, tools, and the best practices for saving money to achieve short and long-term goals.

Cost:  $205

Instructor:  Manuel Morfin

Recommended Academies for 9th – 12th Graders

Exciting opportunities for students to preview college, engage in hands-on academic and career exploration, and explore a variety of subjects through interactive projects and coaching.

CAREER VISIONS ACADEMY

July 15 – 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

This course will help students to clarify their core values, interests and strengths, and develop a fluid plan for assessing majors and career paths as well as common myth-busting around the links between careers and majors.  Students will learn how to identify student internships or part-time entry level positions related to potential careers as well as how to network and connect to people in career fields of interest.

Cost: $330

Instructor: Jennie Chalios

CODING

July 29 – Aug. 2, 1 – 5 p.m. (In-person)

Learn the basics of computer coding and how professions – from information technology to science and the arts – value coding and computer science skills. Gain a solid understanding of how programming languages are used to build applications.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Devin Cook

CREATE AN ONLINE BUSINESS

July 8 – 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Creating and running a mock online business will teach students the unique opportunities and challenges in this field of entrepreneurship, as well as assisting them in developing analytical, project planning, problem solving, and presentation skills.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Cheng-Chi Lee

CREATIVE WRITING: ADVANCED STORYTELLING

July 22 – 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

So, you want to write a story, eh? You come up with characters, conflict, and a setting. You type up a draft. You proofread it and clean up any spelling or grammar errors, and you bask in the satisfaction that comes with telling a complete story. But you are not done yet. Unless you’re a modern-day Ernest Hemmingway, your story will need revision, edits, and possibly even restructuring to be the best story it can possibly be.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Matt Johnson

CRITICAL THINKING: THINKING YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS

July 15 – 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Students will practice during the class, and they will learn tips, tricks, and exercises to take away and keep using. Students will learn new skills and have new ways to arrive at answers. They will learn how to analyze and evaluate. The skills learned in this course will transfer to all parts of life from reading and writing to conversations, college, and the workplace. 

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Sarah Hancock

CYBER SECURITY

June 24 – 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Online)

Explore the world of hackers, cyberattacks and online threats in a computer lab setting. Examine infamous security cases, gain hands-on lab experience and discover exciting careers in the field of cyber security. Students will need access to Windows 10 or newer OR macOS Ventura or newer.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Jun Dai

DATA SCIENCE

July 22 – 26, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Online)

Learn how your data is tracked. Find insights hidden in every day information, from the apps on your smartphone to your online purchases. Cleanse data, apply algorithms written in the computer language called R and learn visualization methods.  

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Ally Mahbobi

DIGITAL FORENSICS

June 24 – 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Online)

Want to find evidence left behind on a hard drive? Learn digital forensics principles and techniques through hands-on practices, and learn how to investigate a criminal or civil case that involves computers. Students will need access to Windows 10 or newer or macOS Ventura or newer.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Xiaoyan Sun

DIGITAL JOURNALISM STORYTELLING

July 29 – Aug. 2, 1 – 5 p.m. (In-person)

In this course, students will learn how to share stories using digital platforms such as podcasts and video. Students will be exposed to core journalism skills and techniques that allow them to develop fact-based storytelling that captures audience attention.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Fernando Gallo

ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATION

July 15 – 19, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? Gain valuable insights into what it takes to turn a great idea into a reality through interactive classroom discussions, field trips, guest speakers and a “Shark Tank”-like pitch event.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Cameron Law

EXPLORING CAREERS IN ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

July 29 – Aug. 2, 1 – 5 p.m. (Online)

Artificial Intelligence, or machine learning, is what powers many tools and services in our everyday lives. This course introduces fundamental AI concepts while delving into diverse career opportunities that leverage AI services and solutions. Students will identify and explore the implications of AI systems in everyday use in areas such as social media, commerce, health, medicine, environmental issues, and consider the emerging areas where AI will be applied. By the end of this course, students will have not only a foundational understanding of AI but also a vision of the diverse career pathways it opens up.

Cost: $330

Instructor: Anna Baynes and Chia-Jung Chung

EXPLORING CAREERS IN DESIGN: INTERIOR DESIGN, ARCHITECTURE, AND CONSTRUCTION

July 29 – Aug. 2, 1 – 5 p.m. (In-person)

In this course, students will learn about the interrelated disciplines of architecture, interior design and construction. Students will be exposed to career opportunities related to these fields and visit building construction sites.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Ginger Thompson

FASHION DESIGN ACADEMY

June 24 – 28, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

In this hands-on course, students will learn basic fashion product development, merchandising, and design. Students will explore the educational and career opportunities in the field of fashion. Guest fashion photographers, merchandisers and entrepreneurs will offer presentation. For a full-day fashion experience, enroll in “Fashion Illustration Academy” for the second half of the day!

Cost: $330

Instructor: Esther Amato

FASHION ILLUSTRATION ACADEMY

June 24 – 28, 1 – 5 p.m. (In-person)

In this hands-on course, students will learn basic fashion sketch and illustration. Students will explore the elements and principles of illustration, while sketching your own fashion line in full color. For a full-day fashion experience, enroll in “Fashion Design Academy” for the first half of the day!

Cost: $330

Instructor: Ernest Olson

FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES

July 8 – 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Explore the rigors of fire station life, academy training and physical fitness requirements, while discovering career pathways in emergency and medical services. Students will complete this academy with an earned CPR certificate.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Adrienne Bisharat

FUTURE TEACHERS

July 22 – 26, 1 – 5 p.m. (Online)

Explore careers in education with Sacramento State faculty and educators. Discover the various ways students learn, create and present classroom lesson plans, and see how you can change the world by becoming a teacher. This unique academy is designed to provide high school students with a comprehensive exploration of careers in education, while also delving into cutting-edge educational technology, including AI tools.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Chia Jung Chung

GENDER STUDIES

July 8 – 12, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (In-person)

Have you ever wondered about the stereotype that boys wear blue and girls wear pink? Are you interested in learning more about how you perceive yourself and the world around you? In this course, students will explore topics in law, feminism, LGBTQ+, pop culture, and film while discovering how we have been taught to perform our gender identity within society.

Cost:  $330

Instructor:  Melissa Baldwin

EXPLORING HEALTH CAREERS

June 24 – 28, 1 – 5 p.m. (In-person)

Do you know what a clinical lab scientist does? What about a radiologist or a physical therapist? Explore traditional and non-traditional health professions, earn a CPR certificate, and develop a plan to reach your health career goals!

Cost: $330

Instructor:  Rachael Mack