2 Years In a Row! Blueprint Named to Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies

Asheville, NC – September 11, 2018 – Blueprint Summer Programs, Inc., the leader in pre-college summer programs for high school students, has been recognized as #1384 on Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies. This is the second year in a row that Blueprint has received this honor.

Blueprint experienced a three-year growth rate of 342%, and created over 200 full and part-time jobs in the past year. The company has plans for further growth in the coming year.

Founded in 2007 by Asheville residents Michael Dodson and Justin Laman, Blueprint was created to help students get ready for college in a low-stress, fun environment. The company offers 1 and 2 week residential summer programs that take a whole-listic approach to college readiness, ensuring students are ready for both the academic and social aspects of college. The programs empower students to tackle issues such as deciding what type of college is the best fit for them, pinpointing their major, understanding the college application process, and learning skills for navigating daily college life.

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Blueprint Named to Inc. Magazine’s Top 5000 Fastest Growing Companies

Asheville, NC – August 16th, 2017 – Blueprint Summer Programs, Inc., the leader in pre-college summer programs for high school students, has been recognized as No. 851 on Inc. Magazine’s 2017 list of America’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies.

Blueprint now joins an elite group that in past years has included GoPro, Clif Bar and Patagonia, and is the only summer program company to make this year’s list. Blueprint experienced a three-year growth rate of 529%, and created over 250 full and part-time jobs in the past year. The company has plans for further growth in the coming year.

Founded in 2007 by Asheville residents Michael Dodson and Justin Laman, Blueprint was created to help students get ready for college. The company offers academic, residential summer programs for high school students that empower them to decide what type of college is the best fit for them, pinpoint their major, understand the college application process, and learn skills for navigating daily college life.

“We’re very excited to be recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in the country, and see this as a testament to the demand for this type of college readiness programming,” said Michael Dodson, Blueprint’s CEO. “Choosing which college is the best for you, and then getting into it, can be a harrowing process when you’re operating in the dark. We’re looking forward to helping even more students navigate the process and arrive at college prepared for success.”

Blueprint Summer Programs is the leader in Pre-College Enrichment programs for students entering grades 9-12 and has educated thousands of students since its inception in 2007. Programs are residential, focus on College and Career Readiness, and have been hosted at UCLA, Georgetown University, University of Florida, University of Virginia, and many other highly-regarded institutions of higher education.

For more information, call 877-415-1111 or email [email protected]

Assessing The New SAT (& Upcoming Test Dates!)

On March 5, SAT debuted its latest and most drastic redesign in 10 years. The more intensive reading sections and increased number of word problems in the math section had many students worried. But there was good news: no more penalty for guessing and the essay is no longer required, but optional.

After taking the updated SAT, many students gave great reviews. A high school junior in D.C., Brian Keyes stated, “There aren’t as many questions where it’s trying to trick you … It was much more straightforward.” And, “by a 6 to 1 margin, students said they preferred the format of the new SAT over the previous version of the test.”

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Blueprint @ Stonehill – 2015 Program Director

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Kerry-Anne Ryce-Paul | Teacher, Film Enthusiast, Animal Lover

 

Kerry-Anne Ryce-Paul was born and raised on the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In her mid-teens, she moved with her family to New York City, where she completed her high school education. She received her Bachelors degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she double-majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology.

For five years, Kerry was a teacher with the NYC Department of Education, where she taught middle school science and worked to help design and develop middle school science curricula for her school. Kerry is currently a graduate student at Columbia University, where she is working on obtaining a Masters degree in Neuroscience and Education. She plans on going on to obtain a PhD in Clinical Psychology when she has completed her program at Columbia. Kerry enjoys biking, loves film and music, is an avid reader and is also an animal lover.

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Blueprint @ UVA – 2015 Program Director

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 Lauren Lamoly | Educator, Activist, Novice-Runner, Coffee Enthusiast

 

Lauren Lamoly is a through-and-through Bostonian who recently returned to her home commonwealth after years of schooling and traveling. She attended Lynchburg College in Virginia for her bachelor’s degree in English and San Diego State University for her masters in American Literature. Lauren taught composition, rhetoric, and literature at San Diego State University; she currently works as a high school English teacher in Lexington, Massachusetts.

In Lauren’s non-academic life, she worked for Starbucks Coffee for twelve years in varying roles from barista to store manager to corporate educator. In November of 2012, Lauren became the first director of communications for The American Military Partner Association, an organization committed to education, advocacy, and support for LGBT military families, and she continues to work within the LGBT movement.

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Blueprint @ Georgetown – 2015 Program Director

Vicki Raab | Educator, Athlete, Traveler, Adventurer

 

Vicki Raab Photo 1Vicki Raab holds a B.A. in History, with a minor in Psychology and Education from Rutgers University, Douglass College. She also received her M.Ed. degree in Social Studies Education by completing a five-year program in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Currently, she is in her third year teaching U.S. History and Sociology at West Morris Central High School in Chester, New Jersey. She is also an advisor for the Junior Class, Future Educators Club, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and is also an assistant coach of the field hockey team (and is so proud of her Wolfpack State Champions!)

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