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2018 Laney Summer Institute

2018 Laney Summer Institute

This summer the Career Education Department at Laney College (Oakland) is offering a number of programs for interested students in the Bay Area.

The programs range from 3 to 5 weeks long and are focused on learning about different career pathways while earning college credit through hands-on activities. There are five high school “priority” programs, and applications are available below. others may apply and if space is available, may be admitted. If you’re interested in one of the regularly scheduled Laney courses, you can enroll now (go to the bottom of this page to find information on where to register).

APPLICATIONS for the HS priority programs are now available BELOW!  (note: each program has a separate application)

Michael Goldberg
(510) 464-3598

P.S. If you’re a parent, teacher, counselor, or student that’s not sure what they want to do yet, but you can get on our newsletter for updates by going to:



** 1) iDesign-MFG (Manufacturing)

Flyer | Application
Dates: June 18 – July 13 (4 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 9am – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE for high school students
College credit: 1.5 units
iDesign-MFG is a course where students will spend four weeks creating hands-on projects in carpentry, machining, wood technology, and new this year – biomanufacturing/food science. This is a great opportunity for you to try out different programs to see if one of them might be a career path for you. Previous students have made rings, cutting boards, toolboxes, etc. The course is open to both high school students and recent grads.

(Note: we will not be doing the Trebuchet project this year but have plenty of other fun projects!)

** 2) Smart Home of the Future

Flyer | Application
Dates: June 25 – July 26 (5 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 9am – 3pm
Cost: FREE (high school students only)
College credit: 3 units

This is a free summer program for incoming High School juniors & seniors to gain an introduction to green careers, sustainability and energy efficiency principles, while learning math & science skills with hands-on and real-life applications, and getting both high school and college credit! There are great field trips to learn about energy efficiency in buildings and how they work.

** 3) Electric Bicycles Project 

Flyer | Application
Dates: June 25 – July 26 (5 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 9am – 3pm
Cost: FREE (high school students only):
College credit: 4 units

Have fun learning how to convert your bicycle to an E-BICYCLE. Join this special training and see how we will bring together different fields such as electrical technology, engineering, chemistry, and physics to convert a pedal bicycle to an electric bike in this fun project. You’ll learn to apply electrical concepts to circuits, measurement of voltage, principles of solar electricity development, energy storage systems, and principles of motors.

** 4) Computer Science UPGRADE program

Flyer | To apply you must attend an orientation session (shown on flyer); to sign-up for updates go HERE:

Dates: June 18 – July 26 (6 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 7:45am – 1pm with industry trips on Friday.
Cost: FREE (high school students only):
College credit: 5 units.

The UPGRADE program’s goal is to introduce a diverse group of high school and first year college students to careers in Information Communication Technology (ICT), while providing a structured introduction to college and higher education success techniques. This computer science course (CIS 5) has a hands-on curriculum centered around the Raspberry Pi Micro-computer and Windows Lab computers. Topics includes but are not limited to the Raspberry Pi 2, computer hardware, computer peripherals, command line navigation, file system fundamentals, file manipulation, Web design / programming, Python programming, and computer science fundamentals. Free breakfast and lunch are provided. This program also includes an Orientation to College Success counseling class, trips to technology companies, guest speakers, and financial literacy curriculum.

Upgrade @ Laney College with new Computer Tech Pathway

** 5) iCreate Arts / Media

Flyer | Application
Dates: June 18 – July 13 (4 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 1 pm –5:30 pm
Cost: FREE (high school students only):
College credit: 2 units.

If you’re a creator interested in exploring multiple media forms, this is for you. Spend one week in each of these areas – Media, Graphic Arts, Photography, and Information Technology.

——— Regularly scheduled Laney COURSES ———

The courses below are regularly scheduled Laney summer courses open to all. We’ve selected these as great courses for young adults to learn more about these careers. All of these courses meet during the standard Laney summer term (June 19 – July 27). These will not require a special application. All you need to do is enroll at the Laney website.

Enrollment NOW OPEN!

To ENROLL, go to:  https://passport2.peralta.edu/
If you need help enrolling, you may also visit the Laney Welcome Center, room A-101

ARCH 104A Beginning CAD (3)
ART 20         Beginning Drawing and Comp. (3)
ART 50         Beginning Painting (3)
ART 80         Beginning Ceramics (3)
ART 100       Beginning Printmaking (3)
BIO 75          Fundamentals of Biotechnology (2)
COSM 245   Intro to Cosmetology (2)
CUL 203       Intro to Baking (4)
CUL 234       Intro to Cooking Techniques (4)
DANCE 64   Jazz Dance 1 (1)
DANCE 68   Modern Dance 1 (1)
DANCE 76   West African Dance 1 (1)
GRART 231  Intro to Graphic Design (3)
PHOTO 10    Basic Photography (2)
PHOTO 70    Intro to Digital Photography (2)

Application Deadline: Before first class begins, but register soon because classes might fill up.


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