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1 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 1 Experiential Education: Helping Students Discover Their Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center

2 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 2 By The Numbers 40+ years 6,000+ alumni 80+ schools 90+ majors 800+ internships “I would highly recommend The Philadelphia Center experience to any student and their family. Many theoretical, imagined career options are viewed in reality, lending credibility to existing choices or valuable frustration- saving changes in direction. Undiscovered paths make themselves known as possibilities.” Lue Ann Schmidt, parent of Jennifer Anderson, Alma College, Spring 2006, Quirk Publishing, Editorial Intern

3 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 3 The Philadelphia Center was founded in 1967 by the Great Lakes Colleges Association as one of the country’s first experiential education programs for undergraduate students. As TPC’s managing institution, Hope College has been a leader in embracing the value of experiential education for liberal arts students and has sent 21% of the more than 6000 students who have participated in our program. Overview

4 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 4 Partner Schools

5 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 5 Majors Who Have Come To TPC

6 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center Internships in almost all fields

7 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 7 Internship Experiences Students obtain professional, research, and/or service experience in all types of organizations: from universities and hospitals to corporate and financial institutions; from government to science to arts organizations, from nonprofits and social service agencies to education, media, sports, and historical sites, to legal placements, and more. Students obtain resume-building opportunities that open doors: to graduate and medical schools, to full-time positions at internship sites; to jobs upon graduation.

8 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 8 Discover Your Direction In Life “The Philadelphia Center helped me to discover that I want to get my masters in Social Work. My internship with the Defender Association allowed me to develop skills and also learn about a field I will eventually be working in.” Sarah Anker Semester at TPC: Spring 2009 School: Hope College Graduation: May 2010 “TPC allowed me to discover what I actually wanted to pursue as a career in a ‘real world’ setting. The classes at TPC and the actual work at my internship provided me with a competitive advantage over similarly aged and experienced college graduates who lacked the on-the-ground education and experiences that I benefited from at TPC.” Yazeed Moore, Semester at TPC: Fall 1996 School: Earlham College, Current Position: Program Officer, C.S. Mott Foundation

9 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 9 At TPC, students apply the education they receive on campus and learn to transfer the knowledge and skills they have gained to the workplace. They discover, though our unique placement and advising process, something invaluable about their personal and professional direction in life. TPC’s strengths: investigating, testing, reflecting, articulating lead to powerful discoveries. We teach them a powerful method to learn deeply and significantly from their experiences outside the classroom. Students Learn Deeply

10 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 10 Semester Program Features Mentored Internships: At least 32 hours/week of substantial internship experience, led by a full-time faculty advisor and workplace supervisor; learning plans, portfolios; comprehensive advising (8 credits) City-Based Seminars: Multidisciplinary perspectives on the city experience that integrate the program components (4 credits for City Seminar, 4 for Elective) Independent Living: Self-reliance and confidence as students live in housing they choose with other program participants

11 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 11 Our Programs WeeksCreditsCity SemInternElectiveInd Living Semester1616/20Yes Summer88Yes No May43NoYesNo Fellowship Program - TPC offers students enrolled full-time at one of the member schools of the Great Lakes Colleges Association the opportunity to apply for the prestigious TPC Research Fellowships in the Liberal Arts. TPC will award up to three fellowships per calendar year to students who apply and successfully meet the criteria (www.tpc.edu/fellowship).

12 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 12 Hope – TPC Partnerships Social Work Student Teaching Nursing Criminal Justice Senior Seminar Opportunities for additional partnerships

13 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 13 Challenges Today’s economy More competition from off-campus & international programs Colleges making it more difficult for students to attend (tuition exported) *Tuition stays in house for Hope

14 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 14 Next Steps Visiting Hope Oct 7-9 Class visits Identify students for TPC Come visit us!

15 Discovery Your Direction in Life The Philadelphia Center 15 Rosina S. Miller, Ph.D.


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