Summer sizzles@RIT

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Julia Lisuzzo is operations and summer programming manager for The Wallace Center at RIT

What happens on a college campus between commencement and convocation in the spring and the welcoming of a new academic year in the fall? Does campus become a sleepy version of itself, and like a bear in the winter, hibernate for several months? Not here at RIT! 

With hundreds of courses, workshops, seminars and activities on campus to choose from, you could use the summer to take a class, enroll in a degree program or enhance your résumé with professional development courses. There are opportunities to explore career options and gain hands-on experience at any of the fun, interactive and educational summer camps. For athletically inclined young people, RIT’s sports camps can help take their game to a new level. For the lifelong learners, why not look into programming at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute @ RIT? Visit to see all of the opportunities available.

It’s impossible to list all of the summertime options, but to highlight a few:

  • The WE Lead Program is designed to develop critical leadership skills for personal and career success while encouraging young women to become civic minded, contributing members of society. The program also teaches about sustainability.

  • Two weeks of exciting workshops for middle- and high-school students await participants of the Kids on Campus program. Kids on Campus is about cutting-edge topics involving computers, science, math, art and technology. It’s a chance to work in teams, unleash creativity and develop critical thinking skills. RIT graduate student Joe Pietruch has worked for the Kids on Campus program for several years. He says, “What brings me back to the program each year is the opportunity to teach kids about the exciting things I’m learning in game design and development. The kids have so much energy and creativity, which they apply to problem solving, mathematics and design without recognizing it as work. As an instructor, I have realized that acquiring knowledge is one thing; the ability to communicate that knowledge to others is quite another—and developing this skill makes me that much more of an employable individual.”

  • The Steps to Success program is tailored for African American, Latino or Native American students with hearing loss who are entering seventh, eighth or ninth grades this fall. The weekend camp provides an opportunity for students to discover what they like to do and explore career paths.

  • The Cooper Certified Personal Trainer Workshop is a weeklong seminar of intensive training including hands-on screening techniques, fitness assessments and case study practicum’s that prepare participants to become professional personal trainers.

  • For a complete list of RIT credit-bearing courses, visit

Links to these programs can be found by visiting

Whether it’s here at RIT or out in cyberspace, there’s a program for everyone under the sun. Summer truly does sizzle @ RIT!