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Academic Career Experience & Service Learning

ACE Program New Applicant Orientation

What is Academic Career Experience (ACE)?

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 students' 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.

What is co-op?

Co-op is an academic program providing current Delta 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/week each semester
• arrange students’ part-time work schedules to accommodate their full- or part-time class schedules (Delta’s traditional co-op program is a parallel program.) 

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.

• 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 or country
• 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

• Real-life experience that informs and enhances classroom learning
• Builds the student’s resume
• Students are more likely to remain in school because they see the need for a degree
• Employer offers a safe worksite that is free from discrimination and harassment
• Mentoring available on daily basis from professionals in the workplace
• Co-op is paid work, and some internships are paid work
• Work schedule that fits around the student’s classes
• Concurrent ACE courses offer ongoing professional development
• Supervisor evaluation each semester with suggestions for improvement
• Workplace often offers varying assignments and increasing complexity of work activities

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 student!

  1. Complete the online Application
  2. Review the online Orientation Session and be sure to complete and submit the online Quiz at the end
  3. Submit your current 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.
    • Resume may be e-mailed to, faxed to 989.686.1395, or hand delivered to the ACE Office (A008 - West Courtyard Level).
  4. Submit your most recent transcript
    • if most recent is Delta College: available on MyDelta
    • if most recent is high school or another college: must be obtained by the student directly from the school or college (student copy only will be accepted)
Please note:
  • Your cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher. If your GPA does not meet the requirement, you are not eligible to participate in the program until the minimum requirements are 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 your packet is complete (application, skills inventory, resume, transcript and quiz), we will begin sending your credentials to suitable employers.
  • Once you choose a position/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, program of study, work experience, etc.)
  • Keep your credentials current by providing an updated Skills Inventory Questionnaire and Resume whenever changes occur
  • 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 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


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.,, or 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


  • 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


  • 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

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 as long as it's an accurate representation of your responsibilities.
  • Don't exaggerate dates of employment trying 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 an 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 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 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 have accepted an offer, you:

  • Have made a verbal contract with the 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.
  • To successfully complete an ACE course, you must achieve a grade of "B" or higher.
  • If you do not obtain a "B" or higher in an ACE class, you will be required to repeat the course until the grade is satisfactory.
  • 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 an Co-op position; the ACE office will send you a letter advising you on the appropriate ACE course enrollment.


NOTE: ACE courses for internships vary. See the ACE Office for details.



 If your major is:  Business & Human Services, take these courses:


 If your major is:  Communications & Sciences, take these courses:


If your major is Health, take these courses:


 If your major is Technical & Industrial, take these courses:


 1st Year Co-op  1st

 ACE 105

(face-to-face or CNET)


 ACE 110

(face-to-face or CNET)


 ACE 115

(face-to-face or CNET)


 ACE 120

(face-to-face or CNET)



 ACE 106



 ACE 111



 ACE 116



 ACE 121



 2nd Year Co-op 1st

 ACE 205



 ACE 210



 ACE 215



 ACE 220




 ACE 206



 ACE 211



 ACE 216



 ACE 221



 1-credit Internships  N/A

 ACE 280

(independent study)


 N/A  N/A  N/A  N/A

 ACE 285

(independent study)



Work Schedules

You and your site supervisor will 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)
  • 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

  • Your coordinator 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.

  • Develops skills and defines 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 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:


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.

 (Board of Trustees Action 4834 – August 10, 2010)


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


Equity Office, Location: B-136; Phone: (989) 686-9512; Email:

Human Resources Office, Location: J-101; Phone: (989) 686-9042; Email:   

Department of Public Safety, Location: N-102; Phone: (989) 686-9113 

Off-campus Center situations can be discussed with any of the offices above or with the Center’s administrative staff.


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 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.

    • 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 Instructions

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


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


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