The Cahill Center offers a comprehensive array of programs, services and activities including experiential learning to help students plan for and clarify their career goals in relation to their academic studies. The programs include Career Services, Cooperative Education, the Career Achievement Program, Pathways Linking Academics and Career Experience, Service-Learning, Community Service Center, Alternative Break and the Student Assistant Program.
Career Services offers workshops, panels and seminars, individual and group counseling sessions, vocational assessments, computerized career guidance, Job Fairs, and a Career Resource Center with over 400 publications on careers, graduate schools, job search strategies, career planning, internships, and company directories. A job listing service and assistance is offered with part-time, full-time, permanent, and temporary jobs for students and alumni.
An experiential learning academic program in which students are placed in work positions relevant to their academic majors and career goals. The program integrates academic learning with supervised off-campus work experience in both the public and private sectors. Students are required to work at least 225 hours for the length of the academic semester. Resume, cover letter, and interviewing support is provided. Students complete a learning agreement and identify learning objectives with their Co-op faculty advisor who assigns a journal, research paper, presentation, etc. as appropriate. Student work is evaluated by both the site supervisor and the Co-op faculty advisor. Students must be at least sophomore level and have a 2.0 or better G.P.A. to be eligible. Applications are available in the Cahill Center, C-209.
Career Achievement Program (CAP) INTD – 128
Course Description: The Career Achievement Program (CAP) is a two-credit course modeling career development theory designed to engage students in leadership and professional development. Through assessment, lecture, collaborative learning, workshops, class presentations and guest speakers students will focus on the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in their chosen career. Open to junior and senior students, this advanced course will actively involve students in the exploration of occupations, research into graduate and professional schools and mastery of soft skills (communication and interviewing). Students will complete this course with the essential documents (resume and cover letter) and relevant goal setting and job search strategies to transition into the next phase of their career. The course emphasizes professionalism, life-long planning, and the successful integration of an individual’s personal goals with the development of their professional goals.
Pathways Linking Academics and Career Experience (PLACE) INTD – 107
Course Description: Pathways Linking Academics and Career Experience (PLACE) is a two credit career development course which will engage students in the process of career exploration. This course is designed for second semester freshman and second year students who are deciding on their major and want to know more about the careers associated with selected majors. Through activities, assessments, lectures, workshops and class discussions, students will complete interest, values and skills assessments to aide in the discovery of self exploration and self awareness. Students will learn the decision making process and how to identify their own decision making styles, which are critical skills for career life planning. Students will develop a four year career development plan which represents personal goals and achievements, acquired throughout the collegiate experience and a foundation for further career development and building of skills for the CAP course.
Service-Learning is academically-based community service. While studying theory and course content in their classes, students have the opportunity to contribute to the wider community in an intentional way by working in a community-based organization or non-profit agency. Students participate in Service-Learning by choosing the option offered in a number of academic courses each semester. They then select an assignment with a community partner organization which corresponds to their course content. Students have worked with environmental organizations, government agencies, hospitals, mental health centers, bereavement programs, schools and many other organizations and agencies – wealth of experiences that can become the catalyst for a lifetime of community involvement and activism.
Community Service Program
The Community Service Center (CSC) promotes, facilitates and organizes community service by members of the Ramapo community, especially students within clubs and organizations. The CSC strives to respond effectively to needs identified by community agencies by empowering and uniting the campus to effect social change through direct service. In promoting service, the Center aims to support a lifetime commitment to social justice within the student body.
Alternative Break Program
Students leave behind their daily lives on campus and become immersed in communities grappling with issues as varied as chronic poverty, natural disasters, oppression, inadequate housing, hunger, and environmental damage. In doing so, these students are able to contribute to the community through their hard work, but more so from their increased understanding. The communities in which students are placed benefit from the tangible work completed, but more so from the conviction that someone noticed … and did something about it. Communities are rallied by the energy and commitment of the students, while many students hail their experiences as fundamentally life-changing and the “best week they’ve ever had”.
Student Assistant Program
Ramapo students are offered the opportunity to work on campus in a wide variety of paid positions. The program matches both Federal Work Study students (eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office) and student aides with college programs and offices needing their talents and skills. Federal Work Study students may also choose positions off campus in non-profit agencies through the FWS Community Service option.
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