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April 4, 2007

'Day in College' puts high school students in Purdue classes

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Sixteen students from eight Louisville and southeastern Indiana area high schools experienced their first day in college - while still enrolled in high school.

The Purdue College of Technology at New Albany was the host of the first Day in College program for high school juniors and seniors on March 16.

"This new Purdue program encourages high school counselors and teachers to nominate college-bound students to get a sneak peek at college," said Andy Schaffer, director of the Purdue College of Technology at New Albany.

"It's a wonderful chance not only for Purdue to showcase what they offer, but also for students, who can get an up-close look at the world-class educational opportunities Purdue offers right in their community."

Schaffer said the program allows students to see the types of courses and degrees that Purdue offers in New Albany. Students and their parents experienced a customized course in each of the College of Technology's five degrees offered in New Albany.

Purdue offers degrees in computer graphics technology, electrical engineering technology, industrial technology, mechanical engineering technology, and organizational leadership and supervision.

Students and their parents were able to attend overview classes in topics such as computer graphics and electrical, industrial and mechanical engineering technology. Participants also had the opportunity to look at engines, electronics gear, computers and test equipment used in Purdue's New Albany laboratories.

"I had no idea that Purdue offered all of these technology courses in New Albany," said Paxton Brewer, a senior at Oldham County High School in Kentucky.

Students from Jeffersonville, New Albany, New Washington, Providence, Salem and South Central high schools in Indiana participated, as well as students from Oldham County and Trimble County high schools in Kentucky.

The Purdue College of Technology at New Albany will offer the program again in the fall, and it is open to any high school in the region.

For information about this program at the Purdue College of Technology at New Albany, visit http://www.purdue.edu/tech/newalbany or contact Schaffer at (812) 941-2353, aschaffe@purdue.edu

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Writer: Kim Medaris, (765) 494-6998, kmedaris@purdue.edu

Source: Andy Schaffer, (812) 941-2353, aschaffe@purdue.edu

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