Explore & Experience Your Future College & Career Path.

Welcome to the NAPCA Summer Academy! For the past 10 years, we have welcomed students from around the world to our exciting academic preparation, college readiness, and career exploration summer programs for elementary, middle, high school, and college students. Now, you can join them.

NAPCA Goal 2030

By 2030, we will help 1,000,000 students enter and complete a postsecondary education degree or career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning to their lives.

Explore Our College & Career Exploration Programs

For Elementary, Middle, High School, and College Students

Choosing an education program and a career path is one of the most important decisions you will make, which affects your financial and emotional well-being for years to come. Instead of graduating from high school and/or college with a shrug of the shoulders and a sigh of, “Well, I guess I need to figure out what I want to do with my life now…” you should be intentionally exploring different careers that align with your core values, interest, and strengths to help define your life’s purpose/career path. In return for your investment in exploring different careers of interest, you are preparing to have a career that will give you a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Your College and Career Path Starts Here.
Find the Program That's Right for You.

Elementary School
Academic Enrichment & Career Exploration Programs

For Rising 1st - 4th grade students.

Middle School
College & Career Readiness
Summer Programs

For Rising 5th - 7th grade students.

High School
College & Career Exploration
Summer Programs

For Rising 8th - 11th grade students.

Career Preparation
Summer Programs for
College Students

For community college and four-year college students.

Features & Benefits of Our Summer Programs

Academic Preparation for College

(Pre-College Writing, Math, & Public Speaking)

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College Readiness Training & Advising

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Academic Skills Development

for Student Success

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Breaking through Barriers Training

(Social & Emotional Learning & Resilience Training)

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Behind-the-Scenes Career Tours

(Career Exploration through Worksite Tours)

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Interactive Career Simulations

(Experiential Learning)

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Student Leadership Training

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Personal Strategic Planning

(Education & Career Planning)

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Exclusive Guest Speakers from Different Careers

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Safety & Supervision

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Fun Activities & Excursions

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Daily Exercise & Physical Fitness Activities

(Healthy Eating Planning)

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Explore. Strategize. Thrive.

Building A Pathway to Your Future

Explore. 

Greatness is within you. At NAPCA, you will work to discover and define your future career path through exploring & experiencing different career options.

 

Strategize.

At NAPCA, you will build a pathway to your future. Specifically, you will develop a personal strategic action plan (education and career plan) which will serve as a roadmap to help you take ownership of your future college and career goals.

 

Thrive.

Step into life with purpose. Vigorously work the personal strategic action plan that you developed at NAPCA to reach your future aspirations. Our college and career advising staff will follow up with you each month to provide support and encouragement.

Sample Daily Schedule

Students and parents will receive a copy of the program schedule during move-in/check-in day or on the first day of the program via email.

 

SUNDAY

2:30 – 3:45pm: Check-in for overnight and day program student participants. Overnight students will get settled into your dorm room.

4pm: Welcome ceremony!

4:30-5:00pm: Student group activity

5pm – 6:45pm: Dinner provided by NAPCA!

7pm – 8:00pm: Your first NAPCA course begins.

8pm – 8:25pm: Safety/Emergency drills and procedures.

8:30pm – 10:00pm: Fun group activities. Relax, hang out, exercise, and/or play games! Get to know the other students and start making friends.

10pm: Prepare for bed.

11pm: Lights out for Program participants.

 

MONDAY – SATURDAY

7:30am: Overnight Program participants wake up and prepare for an all-you-can-eat style breakfast in the university dining hall! Choose from sausages, bacon, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, fruit & yogurt, and more. Additional options are available for students with special dietary needs.

7:30am – 9am: Day Program participants check-in between 8-9 AM. All Program participants meet for morning welcome, ice breakers, team-building activities, or some extra study time to work on individual and group assignments and projects.

9:10am: Course Instruction in the university classroom, computer lab, or lecture hall. Breaks will be provided.

12pm: Lunch time—head to the dining hall for college-style eating. Depending on the policy of each university, students who bring their own bag lunch will either eat in the dining hall with the rest of the NAPCA family, or laze under a shady tree outside with a NAPCA Staff member.

1pm: Back to class for more learning and fun.

2:45pm: Afternoon break! Get outside for a game of Capture-the-Flag, soccer, flag football, basketball, Ultimate Frisbee. Socialize. Explore campus. Or, gather some friends to relax and play a board game. We offer many activities that vary by program location.

3:30pm: Return to class. Let’s continue learning!

5p – 6pm: Dinner for Program participants.

6:15pm: Return to class. Let’s continue learning!

7:45pm: Wrap-up classroom learning, class assignments or projects for the day.

8:00pm: Overnight students participate in supervised recreational activities such as optional sports, XBOX & Wii gaming (i.e., Just Dance), physical fitness/exercising with our fitness coach, and other fun activities on campus or in the residence hall.

Alternatively, students can continue working on their individual and group projects, and homework assignments.

8pm – 10pm: Pick-up time for Day Program/commuting students.

11pm: Lights out for Overnight Program participants.

 

LAST DAY OF PROGRAM

7:30am: Overnight Program participants wake up and prepare for an all-you-can-eat style breakfast in the university dining hall! Choose from sausages, bacon, pancakes, orange juice, cereal, waffles, pancakes, oatmeal, fruit & yogurt, and more. Additional options are available for students with special dietary needs.

8am-9am: Day Program participants check-in between 7 – 8:30 am. All Program participants meet for morning welcome, ice breakers, team-building activities, or some extra study time to work on individual and group assignments and projects.

9am: Continue working on final projects to present at the Program Culmination Ceremony.

12pm: NAPCA Style picnic lunch on the university lawn.

1pm: Prep for Culmination ceremony. Final touches on projects plus one-on-one college and career advising.

3pm: Culmination ceremony commences! Show off your project to your parents and siblings! Program staff will present you with a personalized NAPCA Certificate of Completion, and a select group of student leaders will do a recap of some of the program highlights and key accomplishments.

4:30pm: All program participants move out of university dorms and check out.

Our Impact

College Readiness: NAPCA students are better prepared for college than non-NAPCA students at specific schools served by NAPCA, surpassing students when it comes to “a-g” coursework and entrance exam completion, four-year college eligibility, college enrollment, college persistence, and college completion.

 

Coursework: NAPCA students are three times more likely to complete the “a-g” courses required for college admission as their non-NAPCA counterparts: 91% compared to 30%.

 

College Enrollment: 98% of NAPCA students attend college the first year after high school graduation.

 

College Success: The college persistence rates of NAPCA alumni are equal to or better than their campus counterparts who did not participate in NAPCA.

Program Curriculum Snapshot

Elementary School
Academic Enrichment & Career Exploration Programs

For Rising 1st - 4th grade students.

Middle School
College & Career Readiness
Summer Programs

For Rising 5th - 7th grade students.

High School
College & Career Exploration
Summer Programs

For Rising 8th - 11th grade students.

Career Preparation
Summer Programs for
College Students

For community college and four-year college students.

Why Choose NAPCA

We Put Our Students, Parents, and Employees First

We know what it is like to run a start-up, to risk everything, to step out and walk by faith when things are not going as you planned, and most important – to put our students, parents, and employees first. In 2009 our CEO’s vision was to provide the best individualized, high-energy, hands-on college and career readiness education that any summer program and camp could offer. Something unique—unlike anything else. It’s still our goal today.

A Proven Track Record of Student Success

9 out of 10 NAPCA Summer Academy alumni step into college with the tools and mindsets to break through their barriers and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades. We help our students take ownership of their future college and career goals.

Well Respected College & Career Readiness Summer Program

Now entering our 10th season, we have engaged thousands of kids and teens from the U.S. and internationally in our college and career readiness summer programs each year, and have empowered them to find their purpose, break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future aspirations. What is amazing is how our participants share what they learned at NAPCA with their family and friends. In return, we have received several testimonials of how our programs have made a positive impact on our participants, their friends and family. That’s the power of NAPCA: Peer networking and sharing resources and knowledge with family and friends.

Student & Parent Testimonials

Frequently Asked Questions

Since 2009, the NAPCA Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit education organization, has provided college readiness and career exploration summer programs for thousands of students across the globe. Each summer program empowers students with the tools and mindsets to define their career path, break through their barriers, and take ownership of their future college and career aspirations.

Students strengthen their academic preparation for college through pre-college writing, mathematics, and public speaking courses and experience college life through exclusive college tours and guest speakers.

Students explore different career paths through interactive career simulations, clinical experiences, worksite career tours, and exclusive guest speakers from different careers.

While students gain insight on potential future careers, they develop a personal strategic action plan (education and career plan), which will provide students with a roadmap to achieve their education and career goals.

Students gain essential leadership skills, social and emotional learning strategies, and resiliency strategies to break through their barriers to achieve their education and career goals.

Students develop the college knowledge to become better prepared and a competitive applicant for admission to the college of their choice. In addition, students will gain the knowledge and confidence to successfully navigate the complex processes of applying to colleges, securing financial aid and scholarships, and enrolling into a regionally accredited two-or four-year college or postsecondary career training certificate or licensure program, specifically to be prepared to enter and succeed in high skilled career or trades.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Grade Level Requirement:  

Elementary school students (Rising 2nd – 4th grade students), middle school students (Rising 5th – 7th grade students), high school students (Rising 8th – 11th grade students), and college students (two and four year college students) are eligible to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy at all program locations. Admission is open to all students across the world. To that end, U.S. citizenship is not necessary, but excellent command of the English language, both written and oral, is required.


Eligibility Requirements for International Students

Evidence of English Language Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency by taking a standardized test called the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service. You can obtain detailed information from the TOEFL website, or contact TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, (609) 771-7100.

This requirement applies to applicants from Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Latin America, the Middle East, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Southeast Asia, most European countries, and non-English-speaking countries in Africa.

If you have completed at least one year of full-time academic course work with grades of B or better in residence at a recognized U.S. institution, you do not need to take a standardized test. Instead, you must upload an unofficial academic transcript from the recognized U.S. institution.


Academic Performance: We are looking for students who are serious about academics, with at least a 3.0 GPA or higher (on a 4.0 scale) in their academic courses.​

Note: Students who have earned less than a 3.0 GPA may be considered for admission. Please contact us to speak with one of our staff to discuss your interest in our summer programs.


Your Personal Commitment: We admit students that show a high commitment level to taking ownership of their future college and career goals. We look at your specific activities during school and outside of school that demonstrate your commitment to achieving your future college and career aspirations. Your commitment is the most important factor in our process of selecting students for admission.


Admission Essay: Your admission essay is key to your application. It tells us something about you beyond your grades. We want to know about your extracurricular activities outside the classroom. Your interests outside of the classroom will help paint the full picture of who you are.

Directions

All applicants must respond to one essay prompt in no more than 1000 words (single spaced or double spaced, 12pt font).

  • Please choose one essay prompt out of the three prompts below and respond.
  • Do not respond to more than one essay prompt.
  • Responses to your chosen essay prompt must not exceed 1,000 words total.

Prompt A: Describe the world you come from — for example, your family, community or school — and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations. In addition, please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Prompt B: What is your intended major? Discuss how your interest in the subject developed and describe any experience you have had in the field — such as volunteer work, internships and employment, participation in student organizations and activities — and what you have gained from your involvement. In addition, please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Prompt C: Tell us about a personal quality, talent, accomplishment, contribution or experience that is important to you. What about this quality or accomplishment makes you proud and how does it relate to the person you are? Additionally, please explain why you decided to apply for admission and what you expect to learn and experience from participating in the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Notes:

  • Please put your full name, school name, grade level, and phone number in the header (top right hand corner) of your admissions essay.
  • Please compose your admissions essay in Microsoft Word and upload in your online admissions application. If your having difficulty uploading your essay in your admissions essay, you can email directly to our office at admissions@napcaonline.org

Recommendations: We require at least one recommendation but please do not submit more than two letters of recommendations. It’s best to select people who can speak to your character, like teachers, counselors, and mentors.

Submit Online Letter of Recommendation form

Ask your school counselor, teacher, or mentor to complete the Online Letter of Recommendation form, which can be found and completed at www.napcaonline.org/recommendation.


Admission & Scholarship Interview (Telephone or via Skype): Within 2 weeks after you have submitted a complete online application including the required documents for admission, the student and parent will be contacted by one of our staff members and will be asked to complete an admission and scholarship interview over the telephone or via Skype.

Student Interview (Telephone or via Skype)

The student interview typically takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions about the student’s academic and career goals, why they decided to apply for admission to the NAPCA Summer Academy, and the activities they are involved in at their school and outside of school. Please be prepared to do most of the talking! Additionally, applicants along with their parents will have an opportunity to ask specific questions about the NAPCA Summer Academy.

Parent Interview (Telephone or via Skype)

The parent interview will help us determine if your son or daughter is a good fit for our college and career exploration programs. The parent interview typically takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. During the interview session, we will ask questions to get a better insight on the areas (academic and non-academic) you think your son or daughter needs improvement, and where your son or daughter is today as it relates to discovering their future career path.

Absolutely! We can accommodate children with special needs—within the limitations of our resources, natural surroundings, facilities, staff ratios, and program standards—while preserving the nature of the learning experience for all students. We are not able to provide an attendant (one-on-one staff member) to address a student’s personal needs, nor can we accommodate medical conditions or impairments requiring treatment beyond the scope of our staff.

Before enrolling a child with special medical, mental, or psychological needs, please contact us to discuss potential accommodations.

10 STUDENTS PER STAFF – GUARANTEED

Our student’s safety and providing the best supervision day and night is our priority. Our student to staff ratio is 10 students or fewer per staff, guaranteed.

Yes. Criminal background checks, sexual offender checks, and personal and professional references are mandatory for all staff members. Each program location has a Director and staff members who are CPR & First-Aid certified. We regularly evaluate our program staff and instructors to make sure our high standards are met.

Yes. All summer program staff are required to attend regional training sessions prior to the start of each summer program.

FRIENDLY AND HIGHLY EXPERIENCED STAFF

Our instructors are passionate about teaching college and career readiness courses—this is a must. We recruit industry professionals, college graduates, current Masters and PhD degree students, and upper-level undergraduates. Many NAPCA alumni return to “pay it forward” once they’re qualified to serve on our staff roster.

NAPCA’s mission is to “close the college and career aspirations – attainment gap” by equipping students from all backgrounds and communities across the globe with the knowledge, skills, relevant experiences, and resources needed to define their life’s purpose/career path, break through their barriers, and prepare to enroll and complete some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter careers that provide a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

 

Definition.

College and Career Aspirations – Attainment Gap:

The distance between a student’s stated college and career aspirations and the realization of completing some form of postsecondary education, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers or trades.

Working toward the day that all youth and teens in communities across the U.S. and internationally will have the opportunity to be prepared to successfully enter and complete some form of postsecondary education or career/technical training, specifically to be prepared to enter high skilled careers and/or trades.

Empowering students in communities across the globe to:

  • Explore their future college and career paths
  • Find their life’s purpose/career path
  • Recondition their mindset for success
  • Break through the barriers to academic and career success (i.e., The fear of failure, success, and the unknown including mental, social, emotional, and cultural barriers)
  • Enroll and complete a regionally accredited two- or four-year college degree and/or career and technical training certificate or licensure program
  • Walk with hope and purpose while taking ownership of their future education and career goals

College Readiness: NAPCA students are better prepared for college than non-NAPCA students at specific schools served by NAPCA, surpassing students when it comes to “a-g” coursework and entrance exam completion, four-year college eligibility, college enrollment, college persistence, and college completion.

 

Coursework: NAPCA students are three times more likely to complete the “a-g” courses required for college admission as their non-NAPCA counterparts: 91% compared to 30%.

 

College Enrollment: 98% of NAPCA students attend college the first year after high school graduation.

 

College Success: The college persistence rates of NAPCA alumni are equal to or better than their campus counterparts who did not participate in NAPCA.