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ByMichael Messano Marlene Mendoza Isamara Reyes

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  • 1. Office of Experiential Learning By: Michael Messano Marlene Mendoza Isamara Reyes

2. Overview

  • Experiential Learning has been supported by UCF since the opening of the university in 1968.
  • Allows students to gain practical experience and apply what they learn to real-world problems.
  • 20,000 students at UCF participate in experiential learning in co-op, internships, and service-learning courses.

3. Mission

  • To enhance academic study and student competency development, promote regional economic vitality, and build ongoing partnerships with employers and community partners locally, nationally, and internationally through curriculum-specific applied learning experiences for UCF students.

4. Opportunities for students

  • Co-op and Internships
    • Allows one to experience real world job situations.
  • Service Learning
    • Service-learning enables students to take academics out of the classroom and into the community.
  • Professional Skills Modules
    • Created tutorials that will help you to become proficient in these skills.

5. Prospective Co-op/Internship Students

  • Discuss your academic and professional goals with a faculty member in the program
  • Learn resume techniques that will help you land a great opportunity
  • In conjunction with your assigned faculty member, choose co-op and internship opportunities which will support your academic andprofessional goals
  • Have your resume referred to organizations of interest
  • Interview with organizations interested in your qualifications

6. Benefits of Internships

  • Most positions are locatedoff-campus, and all co-op students are paida competitive wage.
  • Some students may be eligible for course credit and should check with their academic advisor to see if this is a possibility.

7. Service-Learning

  • Students work with community partners such as:
    • non-profit organizations
    • public schools
    • government agencies
    • campus groups
    • businesses
    • Students develop skills and knowledge that will help them to become civically responsible members of the community.
    • Examples of these skills are:
      • Reflection
      • Development
      • Meaningful Service
      • Diversity

8. Professional Skills Modules

  • Professional skills, also known as "soft" skills, are crucial to ones successin almost any professional environment, but are not often explicitly taught.
  • TheOffice of Experiential Learning created tutorials that will help you to become proficient in these skills.
  • Examples are:
    • Working on Effective Teams
    • Making Ethical Decisions

9. How can you get into the Co-op program?

  • 1) To be eligible to register you need to meet all requirements.
  • 2) Once you qualify for the program, you apply by going to the website:www.expleraning.ucf.edu
  • 3) You will be notified of your status in the program within 48 hours of applying.
  • 4) Next an interview will be set up.
  • 5) Finally check which faculty member you should see based on your major.

10. Statistics

  • Co-op
  • Co-op has grown from 400 to over 900 students per semester making the program one of the largest in the country.
  • Participating students work multiple semesters, come from all Colleges in 63 degree programs, work in an average of 635 employer learning sites, and earn $11.2 million in salaries.
  • The program actively works with over 1300 employers.
  • Service-Learning
  • There are now 81 Service-Learning courses. Last year, 62 of these classes were taught in which 3600 students provided 54,000 hours of service to 667 non-profit agencies each semester.
  • The program was awarded a Most upcoming program award by Florida Campus Compact in 2004

11. Location and Contact Information

  • Director:Dr. Sheri Dressler
  • Main Office:
  • CSEL300
  • Phone: (407) 823-2667
  • Business Students:
  • BA I, Room 130
  • Phone: (407) 823-5581
  • Engineering and Computer Science Students:
  • ENG II, Room202c
  • Hospitality Students:
  • Rosen Campus, Suite 201
  • Phone: (407) 903-8017 / (407) 903-8018

12. The End