Alamosa High School student Jaymi Gile hasn’t narrowed her choice of major or college yet, but begins her junior year at Alamosa High School a step ahead in that direction after taking two courses through the Adams State University Summer Academy.

Jaymi gile and Chayan Lahiri, Ph.D.
Chayan Lahiri, Ph.D., assistant professor of geoscience, explains a concept to Jaymi Gile.

Twenty-two concurrent enrollment students, from the San Luis Valley, attended the academy in June and earned college credits at no cost. “The entire experience was cool,” Gile added. “All the professors had a good attitude and really cared about our success.”

Academy students took a class in the morning and another in the afternoon. The courses were specially built for the high school students, grades 9 through 12, and were taught by full-time Adams State professors. Classes included geoscience, theatre, business, computer programming, history, and media communications.

“I really liked the three dynamic earth fieldtrips,” Gile said.

Summer Academy students received free tuition, books, and lunch in the cafeteria. AHS incoming senior Abby Wubben appreciated the extra perks. “I have not decided where I will attend college but want to major in either chemistry or biology.”

Michael Mumper, Ph.D., received a grant from the Colorado Department of Education for the Summer Academy.