Connecting Education to Experience
Experiential Learning gives students the opportunity to use what they learn in class and apply it to everyday situations in their lives. Learning beyond the campus provides students with new perspectives and firsthand experience while allowing them to make personal contact with the community, simultaneously learning new information about the world around them. Through this practical approach to education, students gain confidence in their own abilities while discovering innovative ways to overcome obstacles and turn education into life experience. Experiential learning creates an opportunity for local businesses to engage in the future workforce and for students to apply academic knowledge to a hands-on experience.
Benefits for students:
• Gain work-related experience to help make future career choices
• Increase work-related social skills
• Expand your confidence about the future
• Identify your academic and career direction
• Recognize how your actions and knowledge can impact real world scenarios
• Research future local workplaces
• Start networking with local professionals in your area of interest
Linking Classroom and Community...
Internships are supervised; practical training that gives students the opportunity to gain valuable “on-the-job” experience while pursuing an education in a related field. An Internship can be seasonal (spring, summer, fall or year round). Interns may work part-time schedules while continuing their education. Central Arizona College offers many courses for internships including BUS 160 (1 credit hour) or BUS 260 (3 credit hours.)
Service Learning is a method of learning that combines formal instruction with a related service in the community. Integrating community service with instruction and reflection helps to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities for the common good. Learning is enhanced through direct application in social contexts concurrent with guided reflection of the student's experiences.
Job Shadowing is a great way for students to learn more about a particular field of work by seeing it “up close and personal.” Most Shadows involve spending a full day or part of a day with a local business, observing what a typical day is like. Shadows also give students an opportunity to ask specific questions they may have about a particular field of work, and may help them expand their professional network of contacts. Shadows are particularly useful for students who are undecided about their major or potential career options.
Central Arizona College Speaker Series is an opportunity for students to listen to local professionals speaks of their experiences from education to career choices. Interactive discussions expose students to new career choices, with the intent to inspire students thru the help of future mentors in their chosen field of interest.
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