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Vermont students can attend Governor’s Institutes on a pay-what-you-can basis

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The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is looking for passionate and motivated high school students from all across the state.

Applications have just opened up for GIV’s fun and intensive summer 2021 online Immersion programs in arts, engineering, entrepreneurship, environmental science and technology, global issues and youth action, health and medicine, mathematical sciences, and technology and design.

GIV says its summer Immersions “are designed to be much more than an online course, or a lecture series where students watch talking heads on a computer.”

In these virtual programs, students in grades nine through 12 (including graduating seniors) will spend one to two weeks growing their knowledge in a subject matter of their choosing and building lasting bonds with a community of young learners.

Students will “be an active part in developing and seeking [knowledge] through interactive, hands-on workshops, activities, research, and more,” GIV said in a news release. “With the guidance of expert mentors and the help of their peers and newfound friends, they will get inspired and learn all about the varied career pathways and opportunities that match their interests.”

Usually, more than 300 Vermont teens participate in residential experiences on Vermont college campuses. In 2020, the program pivoted to a remote environment.

This summer, GIV will offer a “pay what you can” tuition structure to ensure that every motivated student has access to these programs. GIV will also provide technical troubleshooting to any student and urges Vermonters to apply even if broadband access is an issue where they live.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #600 (Wednesday, February 17, 2021). This story appeared on page B2.

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