Youth Career Awareness Program

Dunwoody Youth Career Awareness Program application (pdf)


About YCAP

First day of camp 2016 copyDunwoody College of Technology’s Youth Career Awareness Program (YCAP) started in 1988. Since then, YCAP has assisted more than 1300 students.

YCAP’s Mission is to:

  • Enhance the career opportunities of under-represented youth.
  • Empower high school juniors and seniors to graduate from high school.
  • Encourage students to earn a degree from Dunwoody.

In addition to YCAP’s mission, its goals are to provide more females and students of color who come from a disadvantaged background the opportunity to attend college.

Students accepted into the program are current high school juniors, seniors, and recent high school graduates interested in attending Dunwoody College of Technology. All applicants must:

  • Be in good academic standing at their schools (2.5 G.P.A or higher)
  • Be driven to succeed
  • Be interested in learning more about Dunwoody’s technical careers
  • Have a strong financial need

The YCAP Experience

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YCAP is a two-part scholarship program for high school students going into their junior and senior years of high school.

Part one: YCAP Summer Camp

YCAP Summer Camp is a six-week camp that helps prepare high school juniors and seniors for college. As a YCAP student, you will:

  • Explore career opportunities available through the technical programs offered at Dunwoody.
  • Take college-readiness courses.
  • Go on field trips to places like the Walker Arts Center, the Wabasha Caves, and the St. Paul Cathedral.
  • Visit job sites and talk to industry partners about what everyday life is like on their job.
  • Receive $100 weekly stipend, free bus pass, and free lunch for the duration of the camp.

If you find a career path that interests you during camp, you’ll have the opportunity to attend Dunwoody after high school graduation.

Part two: attending Dunwoody

If you decide to attend Dunwoody College of Technology after successfully completing one year of summer camp and graduating high school, you will receive:

  • A $20,000 scholarship for tuition.
  • $500 per semester for two years to assist with books and technology fees.
  • Monthly workshop trainings on topics like personal finance, time management, and job interviewing.


To be eligible for this program, students must:

  • Be interested in a technical career
  • Be currently in 11th or 12th grade
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be available to attend the six-week Summer Camp from June 12, 2017, through July 21, 2017.

Learn More

For questions, contact:
Peggy Quam, YCAP Manager




Peggy Quam
YCAP Program Manager
Ph: 612.381.3067

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