Local Community Colleges Partner with Fé Foundation to Offer Summer Camp for Hispanic High School Students

published Friday, March 18, 2022
 A summer camp for primarily Hispanic high school sophomores and juniors will teach life and academic skills and offer training in entrepreneurship through a partnership between Lehigh Carbon Community College, Northampton Community College and the “Futuros Empresarios”/Future Entrepreneurs (FE) Program. Applications for the camp are now available on LCCC’s website. The camp runs Sunday through Friday, July 17-22, with the internship portion set for July 25-Aug. 19.

Information sessions are scheduled for 5:30-6:30 p.m., Monday, March 21, and Thursday, March 31.

The FE Program is a two-part, five-week summer program where students can learn skills that will prepare them for college or to enter the workforce. This is the second year that the community colleges have partnered with the Fé Foundation to host the summer camp.

Local high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply for the camp experience. Although the majority of program participants is Hispanic, the program is open to all underserved and underrepresented students. Participants will spend time on both the LCCC and Northampton campuses, including a residential experience at Northampton, followed by a four-week internship conducted with local businesses and organizations.

Students who complete the program are eligible to participate in the Fé Foundation’s math and verbal enrichment program (SAT prep) and the textbook scholarship program. All the programs are provided at no cost to the student, funded by local businesses, colleges and universities and other private sponsors.

Since the program started in 2009, more than 310 students from 10 school districts in the Lehigh Valley have benefited. Without the FE Program, many students might not receive that needed impetus to succeed and advance academically. The FE Program culminates in a graduation event that recognizes the achievements of student participants and celebrates their individual transformations.

Selection to participate in the program is through a competitive process that includes an application, 250-word essay, recommendation letter, academic transcripts and a personal interview with the Fé Foundation Board Trustees. Students will be selected in April and May.

For students in Lehigh County, contact Ismael Arcelay at iarcelay@lccc.edu or Elyse McGovern (Levandowski) at elevandowski@lccc.edu or call 610-799-1575. Students in Northampton County should contact Demetrius Mullen at dmullen@northampton.edu or 610-861-5502.