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The Career Education Center offers many services to help undergraduates, graduates and alumni in making career choices appropriate to their personal goals. Participation in Center services can help students systematically plan for a successful career future and assist graduates and alumni advance or change their careers. Center services include cooperative education, career advising, career development courses, senior placement assistance, alumni services and student employment.
Career planning plays an essential role in the initial phase of career development. The Center offers a series of programs to provide students with pertinent information and effective decision-making skills that will assist them in their personal career/goal setting process. Through participation in career development courses, one-on-one career planning sessions, group workshops, interest inventories, skills assessments and special employer functions such as Career Expo, Healthcare Expo, and Education Expo, students can explore various career options. Students can utilize the Center’s website and resource library to access a comprehensive reference collection of company literature, educational guides, self-help publications and career information resources.
Career and job search assistance is available to graduating seniors. Services include workshops and seminars, one-on-one job search planning sessions, mock interviews, campus interviewing and an opportunity to participate in local and regional job fairs. A computerized resume referral service is available along with access to a database of current job postings from local, regional and national organizations. Selected resources are also made available to alumni.
Students interested in part-time and full-time off-campus job opportunities may utilize the Center’s online database system to view current job postings in the Metropolitan Detroit area.
UDM Cooperative Education (Co-op), in existence since 1911, is the third oldest continuous program in the United States. Co-op links academic learning with workplace experience to provide students with an education that has career relevance. Co-op gives students a chance to obtain practical work experience relative to their major and career goals before graduation. Students alternate their academic programs with terms of paid training in business, industry, and government.
Most UDM students are eligible to participate in co-op. The program is mandatory for Engineering, Architecture and Nursing students. Co-op assignments normally run concurrent with the University academic term beginning in January, May, and September. Work assignments are career specific. Students either “ALTERNATE” a full-time academic term with full-time co-op work assignments or “PARALLEL” part-time academic studies with part-time co-op work assignments.
All students in Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Engineering programs are required to participate in the cooperative education program as part of their graduation requirements. Architecture and Engineering students have a minimum 2.0 overall GPA requirement, Nursing students a minimum 2.5.
Students in Liberal Arts & Education, Business Administration and Health Services Administration may elect to participate in the cooperative education program if their overall GPA is 2.5 or above, and they obtain faculty authorization from the school/college in their declared major.
Cooperative Education Preparation (CEC 300/500) is the prerequisite for students to participate in the cooperative education program. This one credit, tuition free class prepares students for involvement in the cooperative education program. The course helps students develop a greater understanding of how their own interests, skills and values are used in the process of successful career decision-making and planning. As part of the course, students complete required paperwork, establish a relationship with their designated co-op coordinator and develop a clear plan for their co-op job search.
Cooperative education in non-mandatory co-op programs is an option for students transferring into UDM. Students contemplating transferring to the University from another institution should contact a co-op coordinator and arrange an appointment to evaluate the student’s academic history and career goals for participation in cooperative education.
The cooperative education program has been extended to include experiential learning models for returning adult learners and graduate students. Students that are currently employed or seeking a career change/ advancement can use the co-op model to develop and acquire new skills. Co-op options such as job conversion, temporary placement and extended day are available. These options incorporate a learning agreement that can be used in support of new skill development with the student’s current employer or in setting up a co-op assignment with a new employer.
Adult learners interested in a job change can also take advantage of co-op through the traditional model of alternating or parallel assignments. Interested students should contact the Center for more information or to enroll in the program.
Many transfer and returning adult students have spent considerable time in the work world and have experience that would be considered comparable to the co-op experience. These students have the option of submitting a “co-op portfolio” to document these experiences for consideration to fulfill the co-op requirement. For more information regarding the co-op portfolio credit, contact the Career Education Center. Please refer to the individual school/college listings for the specific requirements for participation in cooperative education.
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College of Liberal Arts & Education
School of Architecture
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