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Cougar Discovery

Gain exclusive access to WSU programs, hear from alumni in their careers, and prepare to embark on your college career all in a setting designed for high school students!
  • Cougar Discovery

    • Dates: June 26 – 29, 2017
    • Location: WSU Tri-Cities
    • Times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • Lunch: Provided!
    • Cost: $475


Who can attend?

Participants are high school students entering 9th, 10th, 11th, & 12th grades in the fall.

Students should consider attending if they find themselves saying…

…I know what I want to study in college after high school.

OR…I know I’m attending college after high school, but not sure what I want to study.

OR EVEN…I’m not sure if I want to attend college after high school.

What will happen?

Cougar Discovery is a four-day pre-college summer program at WSU Tri-Cities. Participants will select and attend their “Major” from the following list of academic disciplines:

  • Engineering (Mechanical, Civil, Electrical)
  • Computer Science
  • Business Administration
  • Nursing
  • Elementary Education
  • Digital Technology & Culture
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, & Psychology
  • Earth & Environmental Science

For the first three hours of the first three days of the program in their “Major”, students will engage in experiential learning that focuses on hands-on, relevant, team-based problem solving.

They will also be able to “Explore” careers by introducing themselves to local industry professionals, retired executives, and entrepreneurs.

Students will build upon “College Knowledge” and attend interactive workshops designed to help them find the right college, and increase their awareness of the admissions process and financial aid options.

Using an approach known as Open Space Technology (Unconference), students will have the opportunity to engage with their peers in a format and setting that values participation, collaboration, opinions, questions, answers, and feedback using relevant and thought-provoking topics as a center for discussion.

On the final day, students will attend a fast-paced interactive workshop – “The Power of YOU.” This workshop provides students with cutting edge personal development tools aimed at driving personal best and professional success.

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the concept of Personal and Professional Intelligence (PPI)
  • Be introduced to the value of Emotional Intelligence
  • Identify their natural style of engagement
  • Enhance their interpersonal skills
  • Develop a greater understanding of their strengths and blind-spots
  • Understand the value of diversity and inclusion

“The Power of YOU” will be developed by M. Semi Bird, Associate Director and Senior Instructor for Professional Development & Community Education (PDCE) at WSU Tri-Cities. Learn more about Semi.

When does it take place?

The dates for Cougar Discovery are June 26 – 29. Students will arrive on campus at 8:30 a.m. each day to sign-in. The program begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. Students will sign-out at 3:30 p.m. (Mon-Wed) and at 3:00 p.m. (Thu).

Students can begin registering online in March. There is no registration deadline.

Where does it take place?

Cougar Discovery will be held at the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland, Washington.

Why you should attend?

Cougar Discovery seeks to provide high school students a local opportunity to make early connections with their future college and career aspirations by sharing and engaging similar interests with WSU faculty, industry experts, and fellow students from around the region.

This rare event brings together a wealth of expertise and excitement to one location. Students will leave with the knowledge, tools, and confidence to create a personal and effective strategy for success.

How do I get started?

See registration details in the next section below.

GEAR UP Students: See the GEAR UP site manager at your school for a registration packet and other guidance to attend.

Inside the registration packet, students will select their top three choices for the “Major”. Once we receive your registration packet, you will receive a confirmation email listing the “Major” you are enrolled in.

Find Your Major!

  • Unsure about which “Major” is right for you?
  • Think about where you see yourself in ten years.
  • What type of job/career will you have? What kind of education or training will you need?
  • Go to:
  • Create your account and complete the questionnaire.
  • Some questions you may not be able to answer, but you can skip them.
  • See the results!

1. Registration

Open registration to Cougar Discovery is now available. There is no official deadline to register. Space is limited and registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full.

GEAR UP Students: Please see the GEAR UP site manager at your school for instructions.


2. Payment

Paying with a Check:

Send us a check made out to WSU Tri-Cities Cougar Discovery for the total amount of your registration. Please include it with the Student Information Packet in the mail. See our mailing address below:

WSU Tri-Cities PDCE
2710 Crimson Way
Richland, WA 99354

Paying with a Credit Card:

Complete payment with an online credit card transaction by selecting Credit Card on the payment page of the registration webform site. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

3. Information Packet


All students must have the Information Packet mailed to our campus with original signatures.

To save paper, you may print double-sided.

Important Notice: Please do not email or upload this form online.

Once you have completed all aspects of the Information Packet, please mail all pages attached to our campus at the address below:

WSU Tri-Cities PDCE

2710 Crimson Way

Richland, WA 99354

Our mailbox will be checked everyday for new forms. We will verify with you by email that your enrollment is COMPLETE only after registration, payment, and the Student Information Packet has been received by us.

NOTICE: The Student Information Packet is a critical part of the registration process. Once completed, it will contain important information that will help our staff coordinate the best possible experience at camp for your student. Because we value privacy and some information we ask for is confidential, the Student Information Packet will only be shared with WSU staff on a “need to know” basis.



Always feel free to let us know your thoughts by email or phone.


Phone: (509) 372-7123

Have questions about Cougar Discovery?