Benefits of Applied Learning

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At Empire College, a variety of applied learning experiences are available, including internships/externships and service learning. Each of the opportunities involve “learning by doing,” have learning objectives relevant to academic or career pursuits, and build real-world skills.

Applied learning integrates classroom learning with real-world situations. Participating in applied learning opportunities helps you:

  • Translate classroom knowledge to real-world situations
  • Develop a deeper understanding of course materials
  • Gain real-world skills that are valued by potential employers
  • Build a network

INTERNSHIPS/EXTERNSHIPS: The job market is constantly changing with new technologies, procedures, and methods. Applied learning provides students in all disciplines the opportunity to engage in a hands-on, experiential learning environment with industry professionals. Empire College partners with local employers for internships and externships through which students gain practical application of the skills they acquired in the classroom and continue to expand their levels of competency. Faculty advisors in the Business School coordinate all internships/externships for students during their last quarter of studies.

SERVICE LEARNING: Defined as a form of experiential learning in which students combine classroom experience with community-based service, Empire College’s service learning program benefits a wide spectrum of the local community.  In addition to the commitment of human resources through services ranging from health screenings to income tax preparation to legal advice, Empire’s community outreach involves raising thousands of dollars and donating facility space to local nonprofits. Each of Empire’s academic programs is designed to hone students’ skill sets through project-based learning as well as to foster volunteerism and the importance of community involvement. 

INDUSTRY CERTIFICATIONS: In today’s job market, you need to do whatever you can to make yourself stand out from the competition. If you are underemployed, working several jobs to make ends meet, or just can’t find a satisfying career, industry certifications may help you rise above the crowd. At Empire College, we believe in this certification so much that we have made it part of the curriculum. Certification preparations include the following.

Accounting: QuickBooks, Payroll, and Bookkeeper Certification through the National Association for Bookkeepers; Microsoft Office Specialist in Excel; IRS Advanced Tax Certificate

Business/Hospitality: Microsoft Office Specialist in Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint; Sonoma County Tourism Ambassador; Certified Guest Service Professional through the American Hotel and Lodging Association

Information Technology: CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+, Cybersecurity Analyst, and PenTest+; Microsoft certifications at the product level (MCP), Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Legal: Paralegal Certificate (i.e. paralegal education requirements of California Business and Professions Code) and Lexis Paralegal Certificate of Mastery

Medical: California Certified Medical Assistant (basic, clinical and administrative), Registered Medical Assistant, National Certified Medical Assistant, Certified Phlebotomy Technician 1 (CPT-1), Certified Professional Coder Apprentice Status (CPC-A), Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

What People Are Saying

Debbie Reid

“Redwood Regional Medical Group is very fortunate to work with Empire College for the placement of externs and new graduates with our organization. We find that they are always prepared, professional and eager to work.”

Debbie Reid, Human Resources Generalist

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