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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 and professional goals
    • Have your resume referred to organizations of interest
    • Interview with organizations interested in your qualifications
  • 6. Benefits of Internships
    • Most positions are located off-campus, and all co-op students are paid a 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 one‘s success in almost any professional environment, but are not often explicitly taught.
    • The Office 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:
    • CSEL 300 
    • Phone: (407) 823-2667
    • Business Students:
    • BA I, Room 130
    • Phone: (407) 823-5581
    • Engineering and Computer Science   Students:
    • ENG II, Room 202c
    • Hospitality Students:
    • Rosen Campus, Suite 201
    • Phone: (407) 903-8017 / (407) 903-8018
  • 12. The End