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Academic Career Experience & Service Learning

Frequently Asked Questions

I get college credit for just working?

You get college credit for learning while working on your job. You, your employer and the ACE coordinator negotiate a plan for additional learning beyond your regular duties. Most of your time will be spent learning new tasks related to your major. You will also be required to do some additional academic work.

Why should I participate in the ACE Program?

The most important aspect of participating in a co-op or internship is gaining experience and knowledge in the working world. Through an ACE experience, you’ll gain an edge over your peers having both a quality education and valuable work experience. As a result, your resume and job interviews should stand a notch above the rest.

Will the college credit count toward my degree?

Your work experience may count as elective college credit for those programs which allow for elective hours. If you are planning to transfer to a four-year institution, contact the institution(s) you’re interested in to determine if your ACE credits will be accepted. Although, the college credit offers a potential employer proof of your willingness to learn and of your employability, it is important to remember that the biggest benefit of an ACE experience is the on-the-job knowledge you gain.

Will my employer be involved in the process?

Yes. Even though it will take some time, many employers are willing to do the small amount of necessary paperwork to help a good employee in their educational process. Cooperative Education allows employers to support the development of future employees in the field.

This sounds good. Where do I sign up?

You can complete the application process through our website by clicking on the following link:  "How to Apply".

Who should I talk with for more information?

For more information concerning the ACE Program, contact the ACE & Service Learning Office by email or by phone (989) 686-9474.  Anyone in the office can help answer your questions.

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