Hartwick Summer College Students and Professor Brent DeLanoy

Hartwick’s Summer College for High School Students a Success

August 15, 2012

This summer, Hartwick College launched a program to provide academically talented high school students with a fully-immersed college experience. The inaugural program, held from July 7-27, allowed participating students to earn three college credits via an Introduction to Creative Writing class. Now, with a head start on their academic careers and real-world experience gathered, participating students look forward to utilizing the jump start they've received.

Summer College student Claire Taveras of Nesconset, NY believes the course provided her with the perfect opportunity to learn and grow, not only via the curriculum, but through her time spent on campus as well.

"The appeal of a campus in upstate New York was what drew me to Hartwick," said Taveras. "I've never been away from home for this length of time before, but by doing so, the Summer College program at Hartwick gave me a preview of what college classes will be like and helped to prepare me for my future in higher education."

Equally pleased with the experience were participating students' parents. "We knew Claire was happy with the program, as she expressed how interested she was in the class structure and the course work that was taught," agreed Wilfred and MaryPat Taveras, parents of Summer College student Claire. "Hartwick's Summer College Program is a great way for high-school students to gain exposure to college-level courses and the full scope of the college experience before their high school education is complete."

Hartwick's Summer College for High School students also provided an inspiring experience for course instructor Brent DeLanoy, Hartwick assistant professor of English.

"The students were enthusiastic and their eagerness to learn was contagious," said DeLanoy. "The lessons learned during the course will continue to help these students develop and hone their expertise prior to reaching a college atmosphere full-time. Simultaneously, the program has also helped to build a powerful community of writers."

In addition to their college-level class sessions, students also took part in all other opportunities afforded on campus during the program including residence hall living, on-campus dining, on-campus activities and off-campus trips.

"The Hartwick Summer College serves to assist high school students in furthering their academic endeavors," said Pamela Hilton, Director of Hartwick's Summer College for High School Students. "This year's participants made great connections, built life-long relationships and received the opportunity to expand their academic aspirations. The success of the program -- measured by satisfaction of students themselves -- has well exceeded our expectations. Based on the success of this year's program, we look forward to expanding the range of Summer College program courses that are offered here at Hartwick in the future."

For additional information, contact Hilton at or 607-431-4664.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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