The Foundation Series is an optional, preparatory set of workshops that meets before the official start of the RPIE term. In these workshops, participants strengthen the core skills necessary to succeed in the RPIE program, and build the communication and soft skills frequently highlighted by our industry partners. These courses also provide participants the chance to network with one another and practice formal and informal communication.
Dates and Times
The Foundation Series runs prior to the start of the 12-week RPIE term.
In Fall, the Foundation Series begins in September.
In Spring, the Foundation Series begins in February.
All meetings take place online. Courses meet weekday evenings and weekend afternoons.
For the Spring 2022 schedule, please click here.
The Foundation Series is organized into four subject tracks. Each workshop is open to all accepted RPIE participants.
Digital Literacy Fundamentals
- Computer Basics
- Microsoft Word
- Google Docs
- Microsoft Teams
- AutoCAD Fundamentals
- Beginning Java
- Beginning Python
- Beginning Cybersecurity
- Keys to Public Speaking
- Working with Slide Decks
- Preparing Project Reports and Pitches
- Developing Technical Vocabulary
- Contemporary Issues in Engineering Reading and Discussion Group
- Informal Conversation and Discussion
Building the Job Portfolio
- Professional Communication
- Cover Letters
- Interview Basics