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R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program

Approximately 40 seniors from urban high schools in Philadelphia, Leigh Valley, Allentown and Reading participated in a three-week college experience at Cal U.

The camp, which was held July 6-22, was part of the R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program, a multi-year initiative of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE). The partnership program is designed to give students the opportunity to work with University staff and faculty to develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in college.

Students completed five graded classes in math, composition, multimedia technology, sports management and history. They also took a robotics course and explored skills in STEM - science, technology, engineering and math. This was the first year that a robotics course had been part of the curriculum.

Classes were held on the Cal U campus, home of the National Center for Robotics Engineering Technology Education. NCRETE is part of the Robotics Corridor project established in 2005 with several regional universities, community colleges and related robotics institutions including Cal U. 

The goal of the summer camp and NCRETE is to create a technologically literate, mathematically competent workforce that provides a competitive advantage for the state and region.

Dr. Gwendolyn Perry-Burney, an associate professor for the Department of Social Work, is the site coordinator for the Four Counties Partnership Program and assists current and past partnership students in their application to Cal U. She can be reached via e-mail or by calling 724-938-5937.


View images from the R. Benjamin Wiley Partnership Program at Cal U

Click the above image to view a slideshow of the program.