Summer of Learning Badge Programs

Mayor Emanuel, City officials and leaders from Chicago's community and civic organizations have come together to support keeping Chicago's children safe and engaged this summer through the administration's Summer of Learning initiative, the largest coordinated summer learning effort in the country.

In a unique public-private partnership, the city has teamed up with the MacArthur Foundation and Mozilla to allow youth to earn recognition for engaging in learning during the summer and help teachers track student learning next fall. Through Mozilla's free Open Badges tools, each organization in the Summer of Learning will design their own creative digital "badges" for youth to earn and collect when they complete learning activities over the summer - from field trips to experiments to team projects.

Summer of Learning represents the first coordinated and dedicated approach of its kind for youth in every neighborhood to access high-quality programs that will help them continue to learn even when school is out. It is also the largest youth badging opportunity, and Chicago students will be the first to pioneer this new way of being recognized for their learning milestones and skill development. To learn more about the Mayor's initiative, please visit

Questions? Contact Ruth Cruz at 773-697-2420 or


  • Passport2College
  • Discover Robotics

Sessions begin June 16 and run to August 15, 2014

Get a Jump Start on College While Still Attending High School
These programs allow you to:

  • Earn college credit at no cost. Take courses at the collegiate level and earn college credits while still in highs school.
  • Experience college life. Complete two career focused college course developed with input from industry experts.
  • Enjoy a variety of college options. Choose classes that fit your schedule so that you can still enjoy your high school year.
  • Learn from industry leaders. Gain in depth knowledge from professors with real world experience.

You are eligible to participate in the program if you:

  • Will be graduating high school within the next two years
  • Want to get a head start on your college education
  • Maintain a cumulative 2.5 or better GPA or pass the placement test at a standard level


Earn College Credit
Available courses are offered in 8 week sessions:

CIS 115 Logic and Design (3 credits)
Monday and Wednesday 8:30AM to 11:30 AM
This course introduces basics of programming logic, as well as algorithm design and development, including constants, variable expressions, arrays, files and control structures for sequential, iterative and decision processing. Students learn to design and document program specifications using tools such as flow charts, structure charts and pseudo code.

COMP 129 PC Hardware and Software (3 credits)
Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 AM to 11:30AM
Explore PC systems from software, hardware and operating systems point of view. This course is currently approved by CPS for dual enrollment as (.5) credit for career elective.

ECET110 Electronic Circuits and Devices1 with Lab (4 credits)
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00PM to 5PM
This course introduces concepts of electrical and electronic circuit analysis and design. The course focuses on electrical circuits composed of passive components (resistors, capacitors and inductors) and a DC source. Practical experience is gained through circuit simulations, construction, testing and troubleshooting using these fundamental circuits.

WGD 201 Visual Design Fundamentals (3 Credits)
Monday and Wednesday 12:00 to 5PM
Examines the foundation of visual design such as line, color, form, function and space and combining elements for enhanced visual design. This course is currently approved by CPS for dual enrollment as (.5) credit for career elective.

Option 2:

Discover Robotics
Build a Robot
Earn 4 hours of college credit for students who select to enroll and attend DeVry University
Sessions run from June 16 to August 15, 2014
Select from two class options:
Monday or Wednesday 12:00PM to 3PM
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00PM to 3:00 PM

Students will discover robotics technology through hands on practical sessions under the supervisor of a DeVry university professor. Coursework includes the development of electronic mechanical and programming skills. Course culminates with a robotics competition where students will have the opportunity to compete against fellow classmates.

Apply NOW to register for Passport2College and the Robotics Camp.

Step 1.  Contact Ruth Cruz at or 773-697-2420 for an application
Step 2.  Write an essay explaining why you want to participate and how the program you select will fit into your college plans.
Step 3.  Gather and include the following items with your application:

  • Letter of recommendation from principal, counselor or teacher.
  • Copy of ACT/ACT if available.
  • Current high school transcript signed by a school official

Mail, email or bring completed materials to Ruth Cruz:

DeVry University
3300 N. Campbell
Chicago, IL. 60618
Application deadline is June 10, 2014!

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