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Academic Career Experience & Service Learning

Program Information and Requirements

What majors do employers look for?

Our employers regularly look for students majoring in the following programs of study:

  • Biology
  • Chemical Technology
  • Chemistry
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • General Business Studies
  • Office Professions

Our employers occasionally have a need for students majoring in the following programs of study:

  • Accounting
  • Criminal Justice
  • Computer Applications
  • Some allied health sciences

What are the GPA* requirements for the co-op and internships?

Dow Corning and Nexteer Automotive:

  • 3.0 for referral. placement and continued employment

Dow Chemical

  • 2.7 for referral, placement and continued employment

 Delta College and area businesses:

  • 2.0 for referral, placement, and continued employment
  • some area businesses may have different GPA requirements and will inform the ACE Office staff of their requirements

 *cumulative grade point average

What are the credit hour requirements for co-op and internships?

Dow Chemical, Delta College, and area businesses:

  • enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 6 credit hours during each fall and winter semester

Dow Corning and Nexteer Automotive:

  • enroll in and successfully complete a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and winter semester
    • employment with Nexteer - Students are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week during the fall/winter semesters and have completed at least one semester of college credits
    • employment with Dow Corning - you must be enrolled in 12 or more credits at the time of application

Note:  Enrollment requirements vary with each company during the spring/summer semester; check with your coordinator or employer prior to registration.

Do I qualify?

  • ALL students must have a minimum of one year of studies remaining at Delta College before graduating or transferring to participate in co-op and a minimum of one semester for an internship
  • Applicants must be willing to make a minimum one-year commitment to a co-op assignment; interns must make a one-semester commitment
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in classes at Delta College
  • All applicants must have an active Delta College e-mail address and check it on a regular basis
  • Once in a co-op or internship position, students must enroll in and complete the appropriate ACE course(s)

What are the ACE course requirements?

  • Enrollment and completion of ACE courses is mandatory.
    • you will earn an Academic Career Experience Certificate of Achievement, an academic credential, when you have successfully completed six ACE credits.
  • 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 termination from your ACE position.
  • Do not enroll for an ACE class until you are placed in an Co-op position; the ACE office will send you a letter advising you on the appropriate ACE course enrollment.

Semester

Course
 Method of Delivery

 Credits

 1st Semester as a co-op or intern

 ACE 101W - Career Professional Development I

CNET - the course will meet online and face-to-face

(See College Catalog for more information)

2

 2nd Semester as a co-op

 ACE 102W - Career Professional Development II

 INET - the course will meet online

(See College Catalog for more information)

2

 

3rd Semester as a co-op

 ACE 201W - Career Work Experience:  Business & Human Services majors

OR

 INET - the course will meet online

(See College Catalog for more information)

2

 

 ACE 202W - Career Work Experience:  Communications & Sciences majors

OR

 INET - the course will meet online

(See College Catalog for more information)
2
 

 ACE 203W - Career Work Experience:  Health majors

OR

INET - the course will meet online

(See College Catalog for more information)
2
 

 ACE 204W - Career Work Experience:  Technical & Industrial Majors

 INET - the course will meet online

(See College Catalog for more information)

2

What will I learn in the ACE courses?

ACE 101W—Career Professional Development I (2 credits)
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 worksite’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 (2 credits)
This course is for second-semester co-op students, which continues from Career Professional Development I, including additional responsibilities at the worksite. 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)

(2 credits/course)
This course is for second-year co-op students, which continues from Career Professional Development II, including additional responsibilities at the worksite. 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



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