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College of Engineering and Computing

Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science


PMECS is a partnership between educators and businesses to provide gifted minority students academic enrichment in the career areas of engineering and computer science.  Formed in 1977, PMECS has been conducting annual summer workshops for high school students since 1978.

Summer Technical Residential Workshop

Upperclassmen: June 23-June 28, 2019
Freshmen: June 25-June 28,  2019


Summer Commuter Workshop

Day Camp: June 10-June 14, 2019



The Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science (PMECS) summer technical workshop is a program designed to address the critical need of motivating minority students to enter and successfully complete post-secondary education in the fields of engineering and computer science. The workshop will be a five day session to be held at the University of South Carolina-Columbia campus focused on aiding in preparing the students for college, help develop their communication skills, enhance their technical background, and to prepare the students to move successfully from the relatively supervised environment of high school to the self-disciplined collegiate and corporate environment.

PMECS Summer Technical Workshops is held on the campus of the University of South Carolina during the summer of each year.  Approximately 80 students are expected to participate in the weeklong event.

Freshmen/Sophomore Workshops

The primary focus of this workshop is to introduce the students to the many fields of engineering and the opportunities that can be derived from them.  Test taking strategies will be shared to reinforce mathematics and verbal skills.  Additionally, the students will be involved in "hands-on" activities that are experiments and challenges that reinforced engineering activities covered in the classroom lecture environment.

Junior/Senior Workshops

These workshops concentrate on "in-depth" studies of the various engineering fields.  Visits will be made to corporate member sites and the workshops will be geared more toward real "hands-on" applications.  This will include the actual shadowing of various engineers, and active involvement in the civil/environmental engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, and electronics/radio laboratories.  The students will also receive "hands-on" computer training that includes basic computer operations and programming, and Microsoft Office Product experience.

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