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The classroom alone does not allow students to comprehend the application.

Service Learning is a part of our learning curriculum.  Students are required to not only participate in campus activities, but also are to do volunteer service in their field of study.  

We had our student work with the American Red Cross, signing in donors, walkers, and working the canteen table.  They were able to interact with the public and assist with an organization.  They were very excited to participate in this activity.  

Service learning give the students confidence and personal validation.  Engages them in an activity that give students a sense of purpose.  

Problem solving is task that needs to be taught and reinforced.  

I teach in a vocational school environment in the Medical Office Administration program.  It is essential that students learn to be critical thinkers as the medical field is very busy.  Students will be multitasking which also requires them to be active listeners.  

Student internships help with soft skills, which helps them learn skills for the real world of work.

Internship are a valuable asset for the individual and the business.  Internships allow the organization to see the performance of the person and to see if that person would be a good fit.  For the individual, an internship is great for them to see if the field of study was a good choice.

The idea of participants to generate their own project ideas is good.  Creating instant buy-in and takes full advantage of their pasion for to work towards an outcome they deem valuable. 

It is important for the internship site to receive feedback, if they are doing something wrong they need to know about it in order to fix it.  You can't fix what you don't know is broke.  Likewise they need to know what they are doing right, what their strengths are.

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