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Laney Summer Institute

Laney Summer Institute


Check back in March for our plans for summer 2020 programs. In the meantime, show your interest by signing up at:


and we’ll send you an email when we update this page.

If you want to get an idea of the types of programs we offer, see what we offered in 2019 below. We won’t guarantee that we’ll be able to offer all the same ones, but we’ll try, and we might have some new ones as well!



This summer the Career Education Department at Laney College (Oakland) will once again be offering a number of programs for interested high school students in the Bay Area.

The programs range from 3 to 5 weeks long and are focused on informing students about different career pathways through hands-on activities. We have “priority” programs for high school students, as well as regularly-scheduled introductory classes that, while open to all, are good entry-level classes for high school students. For the HS Priority programs, others may apply and if space is available, may be admitted. Come visit us at Laney’s Open House in April to learn more about our programs.

Michael Goldberg

Mark Martin

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—— PROGRAMS WITH PRIORITY GIVEN TO HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS (2019 programs for reference only) ——

Priority Programs DEADLINE: (UPDATE: Some applications still open. See below for details!)
We will notify you by May 25 for new deadline.

Once you receive an email letting you know you’ve been accepted (or waitlisted), please follow the process here to RSVP.

** 1) iDesign-ST (Skilled Trades)

Flyer | Application
Dates: June 10 – June 27, 2019 (3 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 9am – 4:30pm (NOTE: start date changed from 6/17 to 6/10)
Cost: FREE for high school students
College credit: 1.5 units
iDesign-ST is a course where students will spend three weeks creating hands-on projects in wood technology, carpentry, and machining. This is a great opportunity for you to try out different hands-on programs to see if one of them might be a career path for you. If you enjoy making things and working with your hands, this is a great class to take. Previous students have made cellphone holders, rings, cutting boards, toolboxes, etc. The course is open to both high school students and recent grads.

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


** 2) Sustainable Buildings for Tomorrow

Flyer | Application
Dates: June 24 – July 25, 2019 (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 jobs, sustainability and energy efficiency principles. Learn about careers in architecture, engineering, building technologies, and construction trades. You’ll use your math & science skills for hands-on and real-life applications, while getting both high school and college credit! There are great field trips to learn about energy efficiency in buildings and how they work. Deadline to apply is May 17.


** 3) Electric Bicycles Project

Flyer | Application
Dates: June 17 – July 18, 2019 (5 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 9am – 3pm

Cost: FREE (high school students only):
College credit: 3 units
Contact: Frank Ko   fko@peralta.edu 

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)

Dates: June 17 – July 25, 2019 (6 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 7:45am – 1pm with industry trips on Friday.
Cost: FREE (high school students only):
College credit: 5 units.
Contact: Johnnie Williams  jwilliams@upgradecs.org

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 (waitlist)
Dates: June 17 – July 11, 2019 (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.

iCreate course currently full, but please sign up for waitlist!

** 6) iEat (Biotechnology)

Flyer | Application (waitlist)
Dates: June 17 – July 11  2019 (4 weeks), Mon-Thurs, 9am –  2:30
Cost: FREE for high school students
College credit: 2 units
iEAT is a course where students will spend four weeks exploring food sciences doing hands on activities in culinary, chemistry, food technology / biomanufacturing and nutrition. 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.  The course is open to both high school students and recent grads.


——— Regularly scheduled Laney COURSES (2019 classes, for reference only) ———

Regularly scheduled classes DEADLINE: Until classes are full

The courses below are regularly scheduled Laney summer courses open to all (including high school students). 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 17 – July 26, 2019). These do NOT require a special application. Enrollment NOW OPEN! 

  1. Everyone needs to register to get a Peralta ID number.
    • https://laney.edu/prospective-student/
    • Note: If you already have a Peralta ID, but it’s been longer than one year since you’ve taken a class, you’ll need to go online and reactivate your student ID number. 
  2. For high school students, while you can get your Peralta ID online, unfortunately you can NOT enroll for the class online. You need to enroll in-person at the Laney Admissions Department, room A-109. Before you do, fill out and get all the signatures on the High School Enrollment Form and bring that with you. As a high school student you will get free tuition!


Class days/times can be found in the Laney Schedule.
Or PDF version.

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 24             Intro to Anatomy and Physiology (4)
75             Fundamentals of Biotechnology (2)
CARP 211        Beginning Carpentry (3.5)
CONMT 10     Introduction to Construction Practices (3)
COSM 245      Intro to Cosmetology (2)
CULIN 203    Intro to Baking (4)
CULIN 233    How to Open a Baking Business (2)
CULIN 234    Intro to Cooking Techniques (4)
DANCE 76    West African Dance 1 (1)
PHOTO 71     Intro to Digital Photography (3)

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


For students, teachers, counselors, parents who want to get on the mailing list for information about the summer institute and when applications are released, be sure and sign up at: