Center for Experiential Learning

Center for Experiential Learning

No more waiting for graduation to put your knowledge to work in the real world! Collaborate with local high schools, conduct research with community partners, and solve operations issues for organizations.

Our Vision

Students will gain a rich variety of meaningful learning experiences that will enable them to be contributors to their community, professionals in the work place and value lifelong learning.

Our Mission

The Center for Experiential Learning empowers students through collaboration with campus, community and industry partners to promote, develop and implement experiential learning through community-based learning, volunteerism, academic internships, career exploration and preparation and other engaged learning experiences.

How we help you?

  • Apply classroom knowledge to learning experiences outside the classroom.
  • Cultivate experiences related to your career goals and area of study that employers expect when hiring.
  • Determine if a field is the right choice for you through exposure to the career field and its professionals.
  • Establish a network of professional contacts, mentors and references.
  • Have impact on your community and make a contribution through projects, products, presentations, or service.
  • Develop job search and professional skills needed in the work world.
  • Take responsibility for your own education and create a more rewarding hands-on college experience.

What is Experiential Learning?

  • Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.
  • Experiential learning encompasses a variety of activities including internships, community-based learning, and other creative and professional work experiences.
  • Well-planned, supervised and assessed experiential learning programs can stimulate academic inquiry by promoting interdisciplinary learning, civic engagement, career development, cultural awareness, leadership, and other professional and intellectual skills.

Learning that is considered "experiential" contain all the following elements:

  1. Reflection, critical analysis and synthesis
  2. Opportunities for students to take initiative, make decisions, and be accountable for the results
  3. Opportunities for students to engage intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, or physically
  4. A designed learning experience that includes the possibility to learn from natural consequences, mistakes, and successes
 

Want to learn more about the Career Services process or need assistance with College Central? Stop by Room 2-202 Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Interested in community-based learning courses, have questions about your community-based learning assignment or post-community-based learning assistance? Stop by Room 2-202 Tuesdays from 12 - 2 p.m.

Our Core Services:

Career Services

Explore Careers
Career Services helps you explore careers and industry to determine if your major is the right choice for you by providing opportunities through connections with professionals, tours, industry networking events, and speakers to gain exposure and develop your career and professional self.

Prepare for Work Based Experiences
Career Services also prepares you to gain employment and internship experiences related to your major through resume and interviewing preparation, portfolio development, networking and our online job posting system College Central Network.

College Central Network

Go to www.collegecentralnetwork.com/dctc to setup your account and get access to:

  • Jobs – full time and part time
  • Internships
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Handouts, webinars and podcasts on a variety of job search topics
  • Resume builder with online resume critique services
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Community-Based Learning

What Is It?
Community-based learning helps you bring what you are learning in the classroom to a real-world setting. Through your work in and with the community, you’ll be able to see how the skills you are learning apply in a real-life context – and you’ll be working to create real change in schools, cities, government, and non-profit agencies in our area.

What Are Students Doing?

  • Medical Assisting and Nursing students work with local social services agencies to provide assistance with food distribution as well as health and wellness education for clients.
  • Information Technology students partnered with the Dakota County Library to provide a “Cyber Security 101” class for community members, teaching personal device and information security.
  • Civil Engineering students worked with the Hmong American Farmers Association to survey land at a new farming site, providing contour and water flow maps and staking plots.
Medical Assistant Student Volunteer
 

Meet the Staff

  • Dionna Jones, Director, Center of Experiential Learning
  • Katie Halcrow, Director, Community-Based Learning

For more information contact careers@dctc.edu or 651-423-8283