Learning by Doing: Expanding Experiential Programs
A win-win for educators and employers is the new emphasis on experiential learning programs, often developed in close coordination with industry through which young people can apply STEM principles learned in class to real-world environments. The rise of the early college model creates a school-to-industry pipeline enabling students to simultaneously earn their high school diplomas and associate degrees, gain tech experience, and get paid internships. Universities have also been creating robust experiential learning opportunities from co-ops for future engineers to undergraduate research for young scientists. Employers are increasingly getting on board as they realize they can get access to a better-trained talent pool and have an ongoing dialogue with educational partners on how to refine programs to ensure students’ career success. Hear from several practitioners of real-world, hands-on programs that are helping students get a taste of the workforce.