College in the High School Summer Academies

The SUNY SCCC Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health and Division of Liberal Arts, along with the College in the High School Program, are pleased to invite high school students (sophomores, juniors and seniors) to participate in our Summer Academies, the S.T.E.A.M. Academy and the Young Writers' Program.


This academy will focus on science, technology, engineering, art and math. Our experienced science instructors will challenge students to explore and understand the different branches of S.T.E.A.M. Students will be immersed in hands-on experiences, mentoring/networking opportunities, and workshops with alumni, current students and local resources. This academy will be taught by Dr. Lorena Harris, Director of the C-STEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program) Program, and Dr. Keylon Cheeseman, Instructor, both of the SUNY SCCC Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health. S.T.E.A.M. Academy will run Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. View a sample schedule here.

Session I – Monday, July 10-Friday, July 14

Session II – Monday, July 24-Friday, July 28

Registration form for Summer S.T.E.A.M. Academy
Registration deadline: June 15
, 2017
Cost: $175/week

S.T.E.A.M. Academy Instructors

Dr. Lorena Harris

Dr. Lorena Harris is the Director of the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP). She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member teaching in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health. Lorena first joined SCCC in 2012 as the Coordinator of the Spanish Lab and was a participant in the Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty. Lorena holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences and Molecular Biology from Bowling Green State University and a B.S in Biology from the Simon Bolivar University, Venezuela.  

Dr. Keylon Cheeseman

Dr. Keylon L. Cheeseman has returned to the College as a Temporary Instructor in the Division of Math, Science, Technology and Health, teaching in the College’s new Biotechnology Facility. Keylon has more than 12 years of experience in science education and research at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral level. Previously at SUNY SCCC, he was an Adjunct Faculty Member through the Internship Program for the Development of Minority Faculty and a Temporary Instructor. Additionally, he aided in developing the College’s new Biological Technician degree program. Keylon holds a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Biomedical Sciences with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology and Immunology from Albany Medical College and a B.S. in Biochemistry from Andrews University.



Young Writers is an intensive one-week workshop for intellectually curious, highly motivated high school students who value writing. Our goal is to help students develop their creative and critical abilities to become better, more productive writers. Writing workshop sessions involve fun free-writing exercises and responses to prompts. Students have the opportunity to write stories, poetry, personal narratives, reflective passages, and experimental pieces. Sharing and discussing participants’ work is a central part of the workshop. No work is graded. Instead, participants learn to share and edit their work based on feedback from their readers. Through these discussions, writers learn to recognize strengths, potential, and avenues for productive revision. Because good writers are also avid readers, students will also read short stories and poems, which they will discuss and use as inspiration for their own work. Come join us in this lively, supportive environment where you can stretch your talents, discover new strengths, and challenge yourself in the company of other writers who share your interests! This academy will be taught by Megan Cassidy, Assistant Professor in the SUNY SCCC Division of Liberal Arts and published author.

Monday, July 10-Saturday, July 15
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration form for Young Writers' Program
Registration deadline: June 15, 2017
Cost: $150

Young Writers' Program Instructor

Megan CassidyMegan Cassidy is an author and Assistant English Professor originally from Lockport, NY. She teaches Developmental English, Composition, Children’s Literature, American Literature, and Creative Writing at SUNY SCCC. Her first novel Always, Jessiewas published last year and is available from Amazon and other retailers. Megan has also written the soon-to-be published novels The Misadventures of Marvin Millerand Smothered. Her other work has been featured in Pilcrow & Dagger, Wordhaus, The Flash Fiction Press, 100 Words,and Fiction on the Web. You can visit Megan’s website at:

For costs and more information, please
contact Pam McCall, Director of College and High School Partnerships, at (518) 381-1318 or


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