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We believe in the power of the traditional classroom but we also believe there are some lessons best learned through experience. For this reason, we require our students to embrace adventure and engage the world around them.

Delta College students complete two short practicums and a Capstone experience. The way students complete these requirements is dependent on their major and future career goals. Some majors have experiential learning built in to their curriculum. Students can count such credits towards the Delta requirements. Some examples of these are:s

  • Internships
  • Study Abroad
  • Research
  • Clinicals
  • Student Teaching

Students can set up customized internships in their hometowns, across the country, or around the world. They can utilize established programs such as the Disney Internship Program, Brockport’s Washington DC program, or any number of study abroad programs.  They can do original research with campus professors. Our experiential learning courses are intentionally flexible because we know that students’ needs differ depending on their future career goals.

Typically, most Delta students complete a 90-hour internship during their first two years to satisfy DCC 235 Experiential Learning Practicum I. Internships provide students with a better understanding of their vocational interests, experience in their fields, transferrable job skills, and may result in an offer of employment. By completing a smaller internship early in their college career, it ensures that students don't waste four years preparing for a career that they eventually discover doesn't work for them.

kayDCC 355 Experiential Learning Practicum II is often satisfied by a second internship, a 3-credit study abroad experience, research, or an approved student leadership experience (Resident Assistant, Orientation leader, ROTC, etc.).

The Delta Capstone is 12 credits. However, these credits need not be pursued all at once; they can be completed in increments. All Delta College students submit a Capstone Proposal that specifies their learning objectives and provides a narrative/explanation of how their Capstone experience will benefit them in their future goals. Many students satisfy all or part of the Delta Capstone through their major requirements (nursing clinicals, student teaching, business or exercise science internships, etc.). However, if a student needs three credits or wants to engage another culture but does not have the time or resources to study abroad they can utilize the multicultural encounters course.

Multicultural Encountersme
Delta College promotes the development of multicultural awareness and experience. The emergence of the Internet has globalized society and the economy. Employers are now looking for employees with international experience, a global perspective, and the ability to work well with people from different cultures. In the spring of 2016, the Delta Multicultural Encounters course launched. Delta students were paired with international students in order to learn about their native cultures, languages, and customs. They also served as conversation partners, helping their international partners improve their English.

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Delta College encourages travel. The program is especially well suited for studying or interning abroad. If a student studies abroad for a full semester, it satisfies their full Capstone requirement. If they study abroad for the winter or summer, they can count those credits towards their Capstone. We work in tandem with Brockport’s Office of International Education to assist students in finding exciting and meaningful travel opportunities. Delta College also offers a few trips of its own.

In 2013, Deltas went to Wroclaw, Poland. In 2014, they enjoyed a summer adventure in Alaska. In 2015-2016, they spent the winter traveling through Portugal, Spain, and France. Coming in the summer of 2018, Deltas are heading back to Alaska to enjoy the beautiful scenic landscape up north! 

Last Updated 10/12/17

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