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It's a great time to start thinking about your goals for College! Virginia Tech's College of Engineering offers a number of programs designed to help you get ahead and experience Engineering at this important time. Programs are available for middle school, high school, and incoming freshmen students.

Pathways for Future Engineers is a multi-year Virginia Tech College of Engineering program designed to support first generation students and their families on the pathway from high school to an engineering degree. The program includes pre-college activities (while students are still in high school) as well as additional support as students pursue their undergraduate engineering degree.

Students are eligible to apply who will be the first in their families to attend college (i.e., neither parent has received a bachelor's degree in any field). The Summer 2019 Pathways Program is scheduled for June 22nd-July 6th, 2019!

Flyer for Virginia Tech Pathways for Future Engineers Program. Flyer reads "a free multiyear Virginia Tech College of Engineering program designed to support students and their families on the pathway from high school to an engineering degree.
VT student teaching a Women's Preview Weekend guest to solder

WPW provides women who have been offered admission to the College of Engineering an opportunity to visit campus, stay in a residence hall, and meet people so they may make an informed decision about attending Virginia Tech.  

C-Tech^2 participant building wind turbine

A two-week summer camp, directed toward high school girls. The purpose of the program is to introduce participants to engineering and related technologies through various hands-on activities, laboratories, and presentations. C-Tech2 also provides participants with the opportunity to learn about college life - from residence halls to classrooms and everything in-between.

Imagination participants testing earthquake resistant structures on shake table

Imagination, a one-week science and math camp for rising seventh and eighth graders in the New River Valley and Roanoke area, introduces participants to the exciting and fun world of technology, engineering, and science ... not by watching, but by doing!

BLAST participants pipeting samples

A dynamic three-day residential summer experience on the campuses of Virginia Tech, Old Dominion University, and the University of Virginia. Through innovative hands-on experiences taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing on a college campus. BLAST is geared to students who may have an interest in or an underlying aptitude for STEM academics, but have not yet discovered the excitement of STEM.

PCI participants testing marshmallow-toothpick structures

PCI is co-sponsored by Virginia Tech's National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity (CEED), with the goal of increasing the number of African American students who are prepared to enter college, ideally majoring in engineering, math, science, and other technical disciplines. The program consists of a series of five daylong events held on Saturdays over the course of the academic year. Activities include lab tours, demonstrations, hands on activities and presentations designed to help students prepare for the college application process.

group of TechGirls participants smiling at camera

TechGirls brings high school girls from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Tunisia, and Yemen to the United States for a three-week exchange. While here, students take part in an interactive technology and computer camp, join a tech company for a day of job shadowing, and participate in community service initiatives. The TechGirls program improves the participants’ ability to enter tech fields and gain access to higher education, as well as offering them a rich cultural immersion experience. The CEED office provides programming for just part of the visit.

marching JROTC participants

JROTC STEM Leadership Academy is a weeklong residential camp for high school students who have previously participated in the Army 4th Brigade JROTC program in their high school. The main purpose and goal of this program is to introduce students to the various fields of science, technology, and engineering and experience a modified military environment so that they can become involved in STEM, ROTC and the Corps of Cadets as collegiate undergrads whether at Virginia Tech or otherwise, leading to careers in STEM. Participants take part in hands on activities, lab tours and complete a design project, culminating in a showcase on the last day.

Contact CEED

215 Hancock Hall (0275)
490 Old Turner St.
Blacksburg, Virginia, 24061
Phone: (540) 231-7411
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