This course is a one-semester, introductory, work-based experience course. Students observe, participate in, and develop a mentoring relationship in an environment related to their chosen program of study for the purpose of career exploration using project-based learning. A total of 45 hours in the field during the semester and a one hour weekly seminar is required. Students complete career assessments and develop learning goals. Self-assessment is integrated using reflection assignments. All community placements must be approved by the Experiential Education Center. Prerequisite(s): Permission from the Experiential Education Center. Instructional Support Fee applies. 1 credit Fall
1. Identify foundational knowledge of technical skills and professional communications in a work setting. 2. Recognize industry standards and organizational structures, culture, and ethics. 3. Summarize the connections between academic theory and practice through reflection. 4. Apply critical thinking, research skills, and problem solving skills within the context of work. 5. Identify an awareness of self, others, and society across multiple contexts (personal, community, industry, and global). 6. Establish a network of professional contacts, mentors, and references.