DOE Office of Renewal Schools and College Now Summer Program 2016

College Now College Credit Courses (three college credits)

Eligibility Requirements:

All students wishing to take college credit courses must be entering 11th or 12th grade in fall 2016, have excellent attendance records, and satisfy individual requirements listed for each course.


DD 101 Introduction to the Digital Toolbox        Held at Hostos Community College

Eligibility requirements: 80 overall GPA and 70 or above in ELA Regents (if ELA Regents grade is not available then a passing grade on all Regents attempted).

This course provides students with a foundational understanding of the essential software for beginning their careers as digital designers. These will include the Adobe Creative Suite software (Photoshop, Illustrator, ImageReady, & InDesign), Apple’s iMovie, Garageband, and KeyNote as well as Microsoft’s Power Point. The class will provide an overview of the various interface elements and program capabilities through a variety of engaging design projects. The course allows students who are considering pursuing the Associates degree in Digital Design to sample the many different possible directions and methodologies that they might follow.

POL 101 American Government                             Held at Hostos Community College

Eligibility requirements: 80 overall GPA and 70 or above in ELA Regents (if ELA Regents grade is not available then a passing grade on all Regents attempted).

This course identifies the major institutions of local, state, and national government, their powers, and interrelationships. Emphasis is placed on this country’s legal principles as established in the United States Constitution. American Government is designed to enable students to participate effectively in the political process.

HUA125 Introduction to Computer Art                  Held at LaGuardia Community College

Eligibility requirements: 75 or above ELA Regents.

This course provides an introduction to all phases of computer graphics applications, including draft and paint modes, fills, textures, brushes, graphic tools and color blending through exercises in drawing, painting, graphic design, illustration and advertising techniques. Electronic publishing and software design will also be presented through field trips and videotapes. Students will have hands-on experience with microcomputers utilizing graphics, draw and paint software programs. No previous experience with computers or graphics is necessary.

BA10 Introduction to Business                               Held at Brooklyn College

Eligibility requirements: 80 or higher overall GPA (or an overall 75-79 GPA and 75 or above ELA Regents)

Students are introduced to the dynamic world of business through lectures, discussions, case studies, readings and the Internet. The course focuses on the fundamentals of management, marketing, finance and business in the global environment, with special attention to the issues involved in entrepreneurship, franchising and formulating a business.


College Now Pre-College Courses (for high school credit only)

Eligibility Requirements:

Entering 10th, 11th or 12th grade in fall 2016
Passed the Living Environment course and got a minimum of 75 on the Regents exam
Have overall GPA: 75+ and Science GPA: 80+
Have excellent attendance in high school


Backyard Toxicology (science)                                  Held at A.P. Randolph High School near City College

Toxicology is all around us, it’s constantly in the news, and toxins affect us on a day to day basis. In New York City, this is a particularly meaningful subject because one in four New Yorkers lives within a mile of a state Superfund site. This course is designed to develop the critical thinking and scientific writing skills necessary to bridge the gap between high school and college-level science and uses toxicology as an interdisciplinary subject to expose students to the scientific thought process. Basic toxicology concepts are drawn from students’ existing knowledge, and concepts such as serial dilutions and dose-response curves are practiced using experimentation. Students also learn how to query the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory online database for Toxic Chemical locations near their zip code as well as use MSDS sheets to research what potential health effects are caused by the toxic chemical sites in their neighborhood.

Aquatic Ecosystems (science)                                  Held at Brooklyn College
Aquatic Ecosystems was designed to build on well-known ecology and environmental science concepts learned in the Living Environment Regents course. As more Americans dwell in cities and suburbs, our society becomes increasingly distanced from the natural world. This absence of everyday connections to nature has many negative effects-especially for children. Pockets of remaining wetlands in developed areas often provide the easiest access to nature. Yet these wetlands may be degraded and go unnoticed. The goal of this course is to study the interdependence of plants and animals and their physical environment and how we as humans take advantage of and destroy the living environment around us.

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