Registration begins for summer Governor’s Institutes

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont has announced its summer lineup of courses and expects to enroll a record number of students this year into eight residential summer programs for accelerated high school students.

The Information Technology (IT) Institute has 55 spaces open for Vermont students, while GIV’s flagship Institute, the Arts Institute, will convene up to 130 young dancers, musicians, actors, and artists for an artist’s-in-residency experience at Castleton State College. “It’s like drinking from a creativity fire hose for these young people,” says Elizabeth Frascoia, the professional musician who has run the Arts Institute since 2010. A graduate of GIV herself, Frascoia speaks from experience when she says “Students get a huge confidence boost at any of the Governor’s Institutes where they are surrounded by people who care about the same things they do, gaining real life skills in arts or engineering or mathematics.”

“We are particularly excited to be offering more opportunities in our IT Institute this summer,” says Executive Director Karen Taylor Mitchell.  “High school students have told their schools that they want the opportunity to study computer topics like coding, cyber security, and advanced web design, and through our partnership with Champlain College we’re going to be able to give them the expert instruction and professional mentorship they’re looking for.”  Offerings also include specialized topics like engineering and environmental science.

The seven traditional Governor’s Institutes and dates are:  Arts (June 23-July 7), Asian Cultures (June 23-29), Current Issues/Youth Activism (June 25-July 6), Engineering (June 22-29), Information Technology (June 22-30), Mathematical Sciences (June 16-21), or Environmental Science and Technology (June 23-29).  A new Special Topics Institute is also in the works for July.

Students can apply to GIV through their high schools, which typically set application deadlines in March.  Acceptance is based on school referrals and a written application.  Detailed program descriptions and bios of the instructors are online at 

For more information or to download a registration and scholarship application form, email, visit, or contact your high school guidance department.

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