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Keuka College joins nationwide consortium to enhance workforce preparedness

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Renowned for its focus on experiential learning, Keuka College has been selected to be among the 25 colleges and universities chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to pilot its Work-Based Learning Consortium.

Established in collaboration with the Ascendium Education Group and the Strada Education Foundation, this initiative will offer national resources to facilitate student readiness for the professional world, focusing on those from underrepresented demographics. Partnering with Riipen, a work-based learning platform, the program will weave real-world, employer-curated projects into standard courses, providing students with crucial skills, tangible experiences, and industry connections vital for their prospective careers.

Keuka College’s participation reiterates its enduring dedication to experiential learning, a commitment evident in its Field Period® program where students design their own learning experiences. Keuka College Dean of Experiential Learning & Career Engagement, Ann Emo, underscored this as a novel approach to embedding professional experience into academic curricula. The multi-year program, with a valuation exceeding $65,000 for each participating institution, is set to benefit over 11,000 students across CIC member schools at no extra cost. As part of the program, a special team at Keuka College, including faculty and administrative members, will commence the integration of this experiential learning initiative into courses by Spring 2024. The program not only offers practical experience but also an extensive network of industry contacts, amplifying the opportunities available to students across the nation.