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Purchase Programs Embrace Youth in Summer Learning

The final school bell later this month might mean the end of classes for students, but that doesn’t mean the learning has to stop.Purchase College’s summer Youth and Precollege programs offer courses in different areas of study that best-fit student’s interests and provide them with an alternative to summer lethargy. Kelly Jackson, director of continuing education at Purchase College, said the programs exist to expose young children to quality arts programs to fuel their passion.“I am dedicated to helping to prepare teens who are interested in pursuing the arts for the next step,” she said.Programs being offered include workshops in acting, jazz performance, and comic drawing.Students involved spend the summer practicing in their particular areas and often showcase their work at the end to family and faculty. The programs, which started in the 1990s, have grown each year to offer new showcases, including this year’s fashion show for the fashion designing course.“The exhibitions, performances, readings and new fashion show are the highlight of my summer,” Jackson said. “The level of work created by the students always amazes me.”The programs run in three different sessions throughout the summer and last roughly two weeks each. Students and parents interested in finding out more about the activities can contact the Office of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education at Purchase College at (914) 251-6500.

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