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Summer Hospitality Bridge Program 2016

VSU Campus | June 20-22, 2016

This summer, the HBCU-HM, in partnership with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, will offer a customized, interactive, informative program for selected high school students nationwide. These are individuals who are projected to seriously pursue careers in the dynamic field of Hospitality and Tourism Management where the opportunities are WOW (Winning Opportunities Worldwide)! The overall objective is to expose participants to the dynamic careers that provide unlimited opportunities for those who want to design and implement high quality products and services to guests, in the hotel, lodging and broader hospitality areas which include event planning, casinos, cruise lines, travel agencies and so much more! Student participants will be exposed to the expert tools of marketing, accounting and finance, human resources and investment strategies through service models. The programs will be conducted at the five universities nationwide.

Space in the summer bridge program is limited to 15 Virginia high school juniors or seniors. The registration deadline is May 30, 2016. Registrations must include a letter of recommendation and a one-page essay. Qualified applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. An on campus or phone interview may be required in order to be selected for program participation. A $45 program fee due on or before the first day of registration, June 20, 2016, is required.

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AgDiscovery Program — June 19 - July 2, 2016

Program registration for 2016 is now closed. Please check back in early 2017 for information on next year’s program.

VSU Ag Discovery - GoatsAre you a high school student seeking an exciting learning opportunity during the summer? If so, then you may want to consider the 2016 AgDiscovery Program at Virginia State University (VSU)! At AgDiscovery, students ages 14-17 will gain experience in the disciplines of veterinary science and food safety through hands-on work with small ruminants, farmed fish, on-farm processing, and field and laboratory research. We will offer field trips and guest speakers will provide exposure to agricultural production and research, as well as a variety of related professions. All students will live in a university dormitory for the 2-week program. This program is facilitated by the Virginia State University (VSU) College of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Station, with collaboration from USDA partners and industry representatives. The program will be held at NO COST to the students, but participants are expected to cover their transportation expenses to and from VSU (arrival and departure days). AgDiscovery will begin on June 19th and end on July 2nd.

VSU Ag Discovery - ZooFor more information, please contact: Roz Stein, (804) 524-1533,

Background on VSU

Founded in 1882, VSU holds the distinction of being the Nation’s first fully State-supported historically black college or university. Furthermore, as one of the nation's nineteen 1890 land-grant institutions, VSU has played a vital role in ensuring access to higher education and opportunity for underserved communities for nearly 125 years. With a mission emphasizing the integration of academic instruction, research, and public service, VSU welcomes students of any race, religion, or ethnic heritage. The VSU College of Agriculture has strong programs in small ruminants, food safety, and high-value crops. VSU also owns and operates a 416-acre farm and agricultural research center.


Please click here to visit USDA’s AgDiscovery website for application information and to access the brochure.

Summer Enrichment Program — June 26 - July 1, 2016

Virginia State University Campus & Randolph Farm


Classroom Learning | Field and Lab Activities | Stay on Campus | All Meals Provided

Gain hands-on experience with the world around you through VSU’s Summer Enrichment Program in Plant, Soil & Environmental Science. During the week-long program, participants will learn from experts through experiential learning activities about:

• Water and environmental issues
• Food and ornamental crop production
• Aquatic plants and animals
• Soil composition, soil health, and soil management practices
• Resumé building & interviewing skills
• Career opportunities with the USDA and other federal, state, private industry jobs

Application Requirements: Admission is restricted to rising high school juniors and seniors interested in the plant, soil & environmental science disciplines. Applicants are required to complete and submit this online application, including a one-page essay (200-300 words) describing career goals and reasons for interest in the summer enrichment program.

Program registration for 2016 is now closed. Please check back in early 2017 for information on next year’s program.

Applicants who are admitted will be notified no later than June 1.

This program is funded by USDA NIFA Award No. 2012-38821-20041, Increasing Undergraduate Enrollment in the Department of Agriculture at Virginia State University.

For more information, contact Dr. Chris Catanzaro, Interim Chair, Department of Agriculture, Virginia State University, at or call (804) 524-5672.


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