Experiential learning is "structured, student-centered, integrated curriculum-based educational experiences utilizing practical applications and active involvement that extend beyond the traditional classroom setting." It has become a pivotal process in the college student's overall experience.
Experiential learning encompasses a variety of experiences from internships to service learning and civic engagement to research appointments and leadership roles. If a student is learning and applying knowledge outside the classroom, then it most likely fits.
The main focus of experiential learning at the Student Success Center is internships. The Experiential Learning Coordinator in the Student Success Center serves as an advocate and liaison between students and community partners to ensure students receive a valuable learning experience that is mutually beneficial.
For more details on the process and how to select an internship, please visit Jill Okes, Experiential Learning Coordinator, in the Student Success Center (Administration Building, first floor) or contact her at (304) 473-8607 .
*According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2012 survey
**According to the Center for Creative Leadership 2012 Leadership Insights survey
***Accord to The Washington Post, Jeffrey Selingo, January 26, 2015