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Career Connections at SAVY

What is Career Connections?
Career Connections is a program within summer SAVY that is specifically designed for rising 7th grade students. Classes within this program have been developed to immerse students in a topic of study as they experience the application of advanced content in a unique field. Career Connections allows students to experience how expert knowledge and skills are applied in different fields, industries, and/or research. Career Connection courses are designed and taught by college professors and graduate students.

When is Career Connections?
Classes meet at the same time as SAVY classes during Sessions 4, 5, and 6 in July.

July 8 – 12 (8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)
July 15 – 19 (8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)
July 22 – 26 (8:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.)

Students may register to attend one, two, or three weeks of courses. Each week offers two course options. Students will take one class for the week.

How is Career Connections at SAVY different from SAVY?
Career Connections is a program within SAVY. Similar to SAVY classes, Career Connection courses offer accelerated opportunities where students explore a topic in depth with like ability peers. Different from SAVY classes, these courses have a particular focus on how content knowledge is applied in unique ways in different fields or industries. Students will gain a better understanding of the importance of knowledge application as they begin to envision possible careers related to content areas that most interest them.

Where can I see the course descriptions for Career Connections at SAVY?
Career Connection courses are listed with the SAVY course descriptions for the corresponding sessions. Summer course offerings coming soon!

Are the application and eligibility requirements for Career Connections different from those for SAVY?
The application process and eligibility requirements for Career Connections are the same as the SAVY application process and eligibility requirements. Career connections at SAVY also has the same 48-hour priority application window as SAVY. Financial aid awards are also available. Although the process of applying to Career Connections is the same as that for SAVY, there is a separate application for Career Connections. The paper application will be available in January. Students may also apply online through PTY’s online application process.

Does my 7th grade student have additional summer options at PTY other than Career Connections?
Yes! In addition to Career Connections at SAVY, rising 7th grade students may also choose to enroll in Session 1 of Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA). VSA is the middle and high school residential program offered through Programs for Talented Youth. Session 1 VSA hosts rising 7th and 8th grade students for a one-week experience (June 9-14). The application process and eligibility requirements for VSA are different than those for Career Connections. Also, the priority application window for VSA is at a later date than the Career Connections at SAVY priority window. For more information about VSA, visit the VSA website (pty.vanderbilt.edu/vsa). Rising 7th grade students may choose to attend one or both programs. Students interested in attending both VSA and Career Connections at SAVY will need to complete two separate applications. PTY encourages students to apply during each program’s priority window to increase the likelihood of being admitted to a top choice course.