Welcome to Drexel University Computing Academy!
The goal of DUCA is very simple: to educate and to expose high schoolers to the exciting and lucrative field of computing!
During high school, students might not get the opportunity to increase their knowledge in computing beyond coding simple computer programs, playing video games, blogging and posting to Facebook.
Therefore, many don't realize what the field of computing has to offer.
According to the most recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities in computing continue to rise. These careers offer steady employment and to top it off are very high paying jobs. In this economy, you can't say that about many career fields.
Plus, working in computing can be just plain fun. It is a field that is creative as well as technical – career opportunities in the field are so varied, there’s a course of study for students of virtually every interest.
DUCA is designed as a substantive learning experience that introduces students to all computing majors and careers. They take home tangible evidence of their time here. Many students leave with something they have created, such as the prototype of a computer game, website, or even an iPod application. Some students continue to collaborate on such projects long after they leave DUCA.
Perhaps more importantly, students walk away from DUCA with a sense of confidence, independence and understanding of a true college experience. Parents of past DUCA students have shared with me what a life altering experience the 5 weeks away from home have been for their son or daughter. I take great pride in the fact that this program changes students' lives. DUCA students make lifelong friendships and leave with a wealth of knowledge.
I hope you can be part of this exciting life-altering summer academy.
Executive Director, Drexel University Computing Academy