What is Experiential Learning?
Experiential Learning Programs allow students a chance to apply knowledge and information acquired from their academic program and is valuable for student development and career marketability. This is a way for students to “try out” a career before making a full-time commitment.
Some of the hidden benefits are the ability to learn interpersonal skills such as:
Students are also able to learn about other important factors related to beginning a career such as:
Sense of responsibility
Students who participate in experiential learning:
Can earn while they learn*
Are less apt to drop out of school
Are more likely to be hired upon graduation
Generally have a higher starting salary
Generally advance more quickly in their careers
*Not all experiential learning opportunities are paid, but a salary or stipend is strongly encouraged
Types of Experiential Learning include:
Community Work Study
Cooperative Education (CoOp)