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Academic Career Experience & Service Learning

New Applicant Orientation:

Read the following information; complete and submit the Orientation Quiz at the end.

What is Academic Career Experience?

Academic Career Experience (ACE) is a collaboration among students, area businesses and Delta College that integrates classroom studies with work experience in a field related to a student’s academic or career goals.  The ACE Program provides career experience through cooperative education and internships in both programs.  Students earn college credit through on-the-job training.  Eligible students will have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher as determined by the employer or internship site coordinator.

What is co-op?

Co-op is an academic program providing students the opportunity to gain valuable, real-life work experience related to their academic or career goals while earning college credit. Co-op positions:

  • require a one-year commitment from both the employer and the student
  • are for-credit opportunities
  • are paid
  • are with businesses in our local community
  • require students to work a minimum of 12 hours per week each semester
  • arrange students’ part-time work schedules to accommodate their full- or part-time class schedules

What is an internship?

An internship is an academic program providing opportunities for students to gain career-related work experience, determine if they have an interest in a particular career, create a network of contacts and earn college credit.  Internships:

  • require a one-semester commitment from both the employer and the student
  • are for-credit opportunities
  • can be paid or unpaid
  • can be with businesses located throughout the state
  • require students to work between 180-225 hours per semester

Did you know...62% of employers want to see internships on resumes. Half want to see part-time jobs. ACE offers both!!

Benefits to the Student

  • Develops a stronger resume
  • Provides professional networking opportunities
  • Co-op is paid work and so are some internships
  • Work schedule that fits around your class schedule
  • ACE courses provide ongoing professional development
  • Develops professional skills and positive workplace habits 

What majors might employers look for?

  • Accounting
  • Allied Health Sciences
  • Architectural Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Applications
  • Criminal Justice/Corrections, Law Enforcement, Security
  • Engineering & Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Technology
  • Management and Marketing Management
  • Office Professions
  • And many more...

WE ARE NOT JOB PLACEMENT. The ACE program is only for students seeking to gain work experience in their chosen fields of study while earning college credit through a classroom experience coupled with on-the-job applications. This program may not be appropriate for all Delta Students.

Application Process

Steps to becoming an ACE applicant!

  1. Complete and submit the online Application
  2. Review the online Orientation Session; complete and submit the Orientation Quiz at the end
  3. Submit a CURRENT and PROFESSIONAL resume:
    • See Resume Tips & More when drafting your resume; we strongly encourage you to follow the suggestions provided
    • When you submit your resume to the ACE Office, it should be a professional document ready to be sent to an employer
      • If you would like assistance in creating a resume, schedule an appointment for a resume critique with Career Services!  Stop by their office in D132 or call 686-9072 to reserve your time.
    • The resume can be e-mailed to ace_sl@delta.edu, faxed to 989.667.2218, or hand delivered to the ACE Office (West Courtyard Level).
  4. Submit your most recent transcript
    • If you HAVE completed classes at Delta, we will print the transcript for your file.
    • If you have NOT completed classes at Delta, submit your most recent, student-issued transcript (high school or college) to the ACE Office by email, fax, mail or hand-delivery.
      • if your most recent academic record is older than three years, you will be required to complete a full semester, with grades posted, before we can send your credentials to potential employers.
Please note:
    • Your cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher. If your GPA does not meet this requirement, you are not eligible to participate in the program until the minimum requirement is met.
    • You must be enrolled at Delta College for the current or upcoming semester; if you are not enrolled in a minimum of 6 credit hours (fall and winter semesters), you are not eligible to participate in the Program.
    • When you have submitted the application materials (application, orientation quiz, resume and transcript, if necessary), we will begin sending your credentials to suitable employers.
    • Once you accept a offer from an employer, you are required to register for an ACE class to meet the requirements of the program and to receive credit for your work experience.

Communication is Key

  • Keep the ACE Office staff informed of any changes to your application (i.e., telephone number, email address, name, program of study, skills, etc.)
  • Keep your credentials current by providing an updated application and resume whenever changes occur (we print a new transcript, with grades posted, at the end of each semester)
  • Communicate with the ACE Office IMMEDIATELY if you are no longer interested in the program or if you have been hired in an ACE position

Failure to do any of the following will result in your file being made obsolete and program participation privileges revoked:

    • Return a call
    • Reply to an e-mail message
    • Show up for a scheduled interview

Who will contact me?

  • Some area businesses will contact you directly; however, some will prefer to work through the ACE Office. In these cases, the ACE Office will contact you.
  • You are encouraged to check in with the ACE Office staff periodically as to where your credentials have been referred.

Being chosen for a co-op or internship is not a guarantee. Your chances of placement are based on employer need and your skill set.

How will you contact me?

Before you are hired, employers and/or the ACE Office will contact you by telephone and/or your Delta College e-mail account:

  • Make sure your telephone numbers are always up to date with our office
  • It is imperative you check your DELTA e-mail account on a regular basis (every other day at an absolute minimum)

After you are hired, the ACE Office's primary source of communication with you is through a professional e-mail account. Any e-mail account (i.e., @yahoo.com, @hotmail.com or @delta.edu) will be accepted as long as it is professional.

The Interview Process

Scheduling Interviews

If you schedule an interview, you are expected to show up for that interview:

  • Be on time, or better yet, early.
  • If you must cancel, do so as soon as possible with the person that contacted you initially.
  • If you are a no-show for an interview, you will no longer be eligible to participate in the program without approval from the ACE Manager.

First Impressions Make a Lasting Impression - Dress for Success

DO:

  • Show up for interviews on time
  • Communicate professionalism through your clothing and personal appearance
  • Use common sense and simple good taste
  • Dress professionally and be well groomed
  • Adhere to the company's dress code at all times
  • When in doubt, ask first or simply do NOT wear it
  • Remember you are representing Delta College as well as yourself

DO NOT:

  • Wear clothing that is dirty, excessively worn or faded
  • Advertises alcohol or tobacco, or is suggestive
  • Bare midriffs/tight apparel
  • Wear army fatigues, jeans, t-shirts, or hats
  • Use "loud" perfume/cologne
  • Use inappropriate language, even when trying to emphasize a point

95% of employers interviewed said a job seeker's personal appearance affected the employer's opinion of that applicant's suitability for a job.

61% said dress and grooming had an effect on subsequent promotions as well.

Dress for Success...Shop Delta's Closet

Do you have an interview or new job and nothing to wear? Students can shop Delta’s Closet  - FREE of charge - for professional apparel for such events. The campus store offers professional clothing, shoes, and accessories at no cost to Delta students with their college ID. Agency referrals for non-Delta students may be considered.  Students who want to shop Delta’s Closet or make a donation should contact the director, Lori Ziolkowski, at 989-686-9384 or loriziolkowski@delta.edu.  You may also stop by Career Services, D132, for more information.

Honesty is the Best Policy

The resume doesn't get you the job; it only gets you noticed. Therefore, it is important to be honest in all your communications with potential employers:

  • Don't make false statements or exaggerated claims trying to "make up" for lack of experience or weaknesses. When it is discovered that your resume is falsified, you will lose all credibility and possibly your job.
  • Give your previous job titles a name that truly reflects what you did on the job. If you had an "in-house" title, don't use it unless everyone reading your resume will know what it is. It's OK to make up your own job title (for viewer recognition purposes) as long as it's an accurate representation of your responsibilities.
  • Don't exaggerate dates of employment in an attempt to cover up periods of unemployment.

Don't Waste Everyone's Time

  • If you know for certain that you are not interested in a position, thank the employer for considering you but do not interview for it; you may be keeping another student who is interested from getting an interview.
  • If you aren't sure about the position, feel free to go on the interview, but let the interviewer know immediately if you end up not being interested.

They said they'd call...why haven't I heard anything?

  • If the employer has established a timeline for which an offer will be extended, wait until that time has passed and then call the employer.
  • If no time frame has been indicated, two weeks is the appropriate amount of time to wait before contacting your interviewer.

I have an offer...how do I decide whether to accept?

  • Companies expend a tremendous amount of time and money in the hiring process; therefore, it is important to carefully consider an offer before accepting it. Don't be afraid to tell the employer you'd like time to think about the offer. Set a mutually-agreeable timeline with the employer in which you will notify them of your decision.
  • As you contemplate the offer, consider the value of the career experience to be gained, networking possibilities, location, driving distance, and potential for advancement after earning your degree; these are all important variables to consider before accepting an offer.
  • If you decide to accept the offer, make sure you contact the employer to tell them so by the timeline you agreed upon. Otherwise, the offer may be rescinded.
  • If you decide to decline an offer, inform the employer as soon as possible.
  • Once you have accepted an offer, the ACE Program requires you to fulfill a one-year commitment for co-op positions and the full-term of the internship as laid out by the work site.

I have accepted an offer...what if something better comes along?

Once you accept an offer, you:

  • Have made a verbal contract with the employer/work site.
  • Are obligated to stop searching for other positions and professionally reject all future interview requests and job offers.
  • Are required to inform the ACE Office of the job you have accepted.  Careful consideration of all possible variables should be taken before accepting a position so as not to cause damage to your professional integrity and reputation, as well as the reputation of Delta College and the ACE Program.

Your decision is final. Make sure you will be able to stand by it!

Congratulations!! You're an ACE student!

ACE Course Requirements:

  • Enrollment and completion of ACE courses is mandatory.
  • ACE courses are only offered fall and winter semesters.
  • ACE classes can be counted toward elective credits at Delta and future educational institutions.
  • Students are responsible for payment of all tuition and fees for ACE classes.
  • Failure to enroll in the required classes may result in your termination from your ACE position.
  • Do not enroll for an ACE class until you are placed in a co-op position or internship site; the ACE office will send you a letter advising you on the appropriate ACE course enrollment.
 ACE Status
 Course Major or Job Performed*  Credits
 1st semester employed as an ACE student
 ACE 101W - Career Professional Development I
 Any  2
 2nd semester employed as an ACE student
ACE 102W - Career Professional Development II
 Any  2

 3rd semester employed as an ACE student

*Choose the course that best fits the category of the job you are performing--not necessarily your major.  For example, your major is elementary education, but you are an administrative assistant.  You would register for ACE 201W in your 3rd semester.

 ACE 201W - Career Work Experience

or

 Business & Human Services
 2
 "

 ACE 202W - Career Work Experience

or

 Communication & Science
 "
 "

 ACE 203W - Career Work Experience

or

 Health  "
 "

 ACE 204W - Career Work Experience

 Technical & Industrial
 "

Note:  ACE credits are included in the total number of credits required each semester.

Course Descriptions

ACE 101W—Career Professional Development I:

This course is for first-semester co-op and internship students. Students meet both face-to-face and online.  Coursework includes the following:

  • Determining employer’s expectations in the workplace
  • Writing employment goals with supervisor
  • Maintaining a reflective workplace journal
  • Researching work-site's mission, vision, values, and culture
  • Communicating and networking professionally
  • Managing workplace conflict
  • Making ethical decisions
  • Improving team-building skills
  • Practicing oral presentation skills
  • Revising and improving resume
  • Creating a professional online image using LinkedIn
  • Managing time effectively by prioritizing work-related tasks
  • Reducing stress in the workplace
  • Writing an essay reflecting on co-op/internship experience
ACE 102W—Career Professional Development II

This course is for second-semester co-op students, which continues from Career Professional Development I, including additional responsibilities at the work-site. Students meet online. Coursework includes the following:

  • Writing employment goals with supervisor
  • Maintaining a reflective workplace journal
  • Exploring diversity in the workplace
  • Analyzing bullying in the workplace
  • Improving team-building skills in a virtual setting
  • Producing and exchanging professional communication
  • Developing an online portfolio
  • Revising resume
  • Improving job interviewing skills
  • Completing a mock interview (telephone or online)
  • Changing jobs/careers and leaving a job
  • Writing an essay reflecting on work experience
ACE 201W—Career Work Experience (Business & Human Services)
ACE 202W—Career Work Experience (Communications & Sciences)
ACE 203W—Career Work Experience (Health)
ACE 204W—Career Work Experience (Technical & Industrial)

This course is for second-year co-op students, which continues from Career Professional Development II, including additional responsibilities at the work-site. Students meet online. Coursework includes the following:

  • Writing employment goals with supervisor
  • Participating in online discussions with fellow co-op students reflecting on work experience
  • Completing online portfolio
  • Writing an essay summarizing continuous improvements resulting from the Academic Career Experience program

ACE Certificate of Achievement

GAIN A CREDENTIAL FOR YOUR RESUME!

Show a potential employer you have career-related work experience by earning an Academic Career Experience CERTIFICATE of ACHIEVEMENT.

After you successfully complete ACE 101W, ACE 102W and one of the following: ACE 201W, ACE 202W, ACE 203W or ACE 204W, you can apply for this certificate. Go to the Registrar's Office graduation page and complete the Graduation Application.  The certificate will appear on your official academic transcript.

Work Schedules

You and your site supervisor will work together to plan a work schedule that accommodates your school schedule.

  • NEVER tell your supervisor when you plan to work.
  • While seeking ACE employment, plan a class schedule that allows a minimum of a 4-hour daily work commitment. (i.e., classes from 8am - 12pm and work from 1-5pm)
    • it may also be acceptable to schedule classes on two full days and work the remaining three (i.e., classes all day T/R - work all day M, W and F)
  • Once you are established in the position, meet with your supervisor to discuss a work schedule that is more acceptable to your supervisor, the department and you. (Refer to and follow company guidelines regarding topics of absenteeism, tardiness, etc.)
  • Avoid scheduling personal appointments during your set work hours.

Basic Workplace Behavior

  • Personal cell phones and pagers are to be left at home or in your car. Do not take these into the workplace.
  • Workplace computers are for company work only. No playing computer games, personal web surfing or personal e-mails.

Other Employment

Other employment is permitted; however, it is not recommended. Your education and ACE employment take priority over any other employment.

Academic Problems

Everybody has a tough semester now and then. If you find yourself doing poorly in a class, schedule a meeting with the ACE Office immediately.

  • DO NOT WAIT - we cannot help you after you have dropped or failed a class.
  • Contact the ACE office before dropping any class
    • We may be able to suggest some solutions so you won't damage your GPA or jeopardize your ACE position.

This IS a REAL job!

Every minute you are at work is very important to you and your employer:

  • Your co-op position will provide the opportunity to develop skills and define career goals.
  • You are representing yourself, the company and Delta College.
    • Your appearance, work habits and attitude are always on display; portray yourself as a desirable employee - future recommendations will depend on it.
  • What you do at work is not a "made-up" job designed to keep you busy; your employer needs you.
  • Deadlines are important; your job success will depend on meeting them.

Facts About Harassment

Delta College is committed to a work and learning environment within which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. The College prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment, with the following policy:

2.095 HARASSMENT

Harassment is defined as unwelcome conduct that unreasonably interferes with work or study, or creates an abusive, hostile, or offensive environment as defined by Michigan or Federal law. The protections of this policy are available to all persons, including those defined by Delta Senate policy 2.005. Harassment is not acceptable at Delta College. Delta College employees and students are individually responsible to promptly report any incidents of harassment, experienced or observed. Complaints and concerns should be reported to an appropriate supervisor or college personnel in one of the following offices: Academic, Equity, Human Resources, off-campus administration, Public Safety, or Student and Educational Services.

Complaints and concerns will be followed by appropriate action from the Equity and/or Human Resources offices, as defined by the procedures.

For Assistance

Delta College is committed to addressing complaints of harassment promptly, consistently and fairly. For information, or to address questions or concerns, contact any of the following offices:

Equity Officer – Location: J-110; phone: 989-686-9247; email:equityoffice@delta.edu
Human Resources Office – Location: J101; phone: 989-686-9042; email: humres@delta.edu
Department of Public Safety – Location: N102; phone: 989-686-9113

If You are Discharged From a Position

Employers may discharge ACE students just as they would any employee:

  • Dress / Appearance
  • Attendance / Punctuality
  • Insubordination / Work Ethics (i.e. stealing, misuse of company resources, such as: computer and/or phone)
  • Budget cuts, etc.

If you fail to complete your ACE position, the ACE Office will review the circumstances and make a decision on future ACE referrals and placements.

  • Inform the ACE office immediately if you are terminated from an ACE position.

Termination of Employment

If you prematurely leave an ACE position without the ACE Office's approval, you will not be eligible for future ACE referrals or placements.

  • You will not receive a satisfactory final grade for your ACE course.
  • You may not receive a favorable recommendation for future employment from your ACE employer.

Transferring to Another College

When you leave Delta College, your ACE position through the Delta College ACE Program will end.

THE EXCEPTIONS

  • Dow Chemical and Dow Corning students may continue their ACE experiences if they are transferring to a local university (CMU, Davenport, Northwood, SVSU, etc.)
  • Coordinate your transfer through your employer and your new school.
  • Notify the ACE Office of your last day as a Delta College ACE student and provide your reason for leaving.

Exiting the ACE Program

  • Inform the Delta College ACE Office of your transfer plans or resignation from your position.
  • Provide end date and reason for leaving.
  • It is our goal to make sure every ACE experience is beneficial to our students. Therefore, we ask that you complete an online "Student Evaluation of ACE Experience" survey upon exiting your co-op/internship position.

Orientation Quiz

After reading through the program information above, please COMPLETE AND SUBMIT the Orientation Quiz by clicking on the following link: ORIENTATION QUIZ

Reminder:  when your application packet is complete (application, orientation quiz, resume and transcript), we will begin sending your credentials to suitable employers.

  


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