Pre-College Programs

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Fall 2022 Pre-College Offerings

Workshop Registration

Sign up below for the our fall 2022 Pre-College workshops. Registration deadline:

Climate Impacts: Uncovering (In)Justice in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery - October 15, 2022

Workshop Information Session Recording

Fall 2022 Pre-College Program Info Session - Climate Impacts: Uncovering (In)Justice in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

Fall 2022 Instructor

Workshop Instructor

Josh DeVincenzo is a Senior Instructional Designer and Adjunct Lecturer at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, Columbia University. His focus is on developing learning experiences associated with FEMA training projects that navigate housing and economic recovery. He has developed instructor-led and web-based curricula regarding financial literacy, economic impact analysis, and community partnerships.

Prior to working at the NCDP, Josh worked as the Learning & Development Specialist at Fifth Third Bank in their Learning Solutions and Technology division. He hopes to create accessible and quality educational programming that benefits the common good at scale. He holds a master’s degree in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign and is currently a doctoral student of Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University.

About Our Pre-College Programs

Our Pre-College program is for high-school students (Grades 9-12, and rising 9th grade students) who want to sharpen their knowledge and skills in the areas of climate change and sustainability. The programs will help participants build important skills, advance their learning outside of school, and prepare for the college experience.

All participants will join a supportive Columbia University community and learn from and network with instructors who are experts in their fields. Our offerings are structured around real-time conversations, hands-on activities, and project-based learning in order to provide participants with an introduction to real-world research, ideas, and solutions.

Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of participation from the Columbia Climate School.


The Columbia Climate School and Putney Student Travel collaborate annually to offer The Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains and Columbia Climate Corps experiences. Putney programs are designed and operated by Putney Student Travel, a family-run organization that has provided transformative travel programs for young people since 1951.

These programs are designed for motivated high school students who are curious and passionate about the world around them. Whether in the U.S. or abroad, Putney programs combine pre-college enrichment and travel, taking you beyond the standard summer class model. 

What is the format of the workshops?

Participants will receive 15 hours of instruction for each workshop in both the professional learning and pre-college workshops, with additional time for optional independent reading and reflection. All offerings are currently online.

Who are the instructors of these workshops?

The individuals teaching these programs are the same Columbia University faculty, researchers, and practitioners who teach in our degree programs and work through the same rigorous content, with the added flexibility needed by today’s busy professionals and students. 

Who is eligible for these workshops?

Professional Learning

  • Any person over the age of 18 is eligible to sign up for the professional learning program.


  • Any person in grades 9-12 is eligible to sign up for the pre-college program.

What are the costs of the workshops?

Each online workshop is currently being offered at a rate of $1,499.99 per offering. Rates for our summer in-person pre-college programs in partnership with Putney Student Travel have different rates. Please refer to Columbia Climate School in the Green Mountains and Columbia Climate Corps pages for more information.

Reduced rates are available for:

  • Columbia affiliates- Valid for any Columbia affiliate, including students whose parents/guardians are CU employees or CU alums.
  • Government, Nonprofit - Valid for individuals who work at nonprofit or government organizations
  • Student, Postdoc, Trainee, or Former Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) participant - Valid for any active student, postdoc, trainee, and for former EICES executive education participants.
  • Title 1 School students 

Please inquire about these rates by contacting the non-degree program staff. Documentation will be required to prove eligibility for reduced rate categories.

Are there prerequisite requirements?

Prerequisites will vary depending on the offering. All offerings are currently only offered in English language.

Columbia University makes every effort to accommodate individuals with disabilities. If you require disability accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us at least 10 days in advance of the start date.

Please review the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion website for more information on the Columbia Climate School’s commitment and important resources.

Questions: For questions, comments or feedback, please email program staff.