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Enhancing academic experience and resume – Real work experience in addition to academic credit

In this competitive, fast-changing global economy, it is now more important than ever that your students make the most of their college experiences.  Now is the time for your student to cultivate diverse experiences that will help them acquire knowledge and have real work experience while earning academic credits.  UMass Amherst offers a Certificate in Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CEPS) that can help transitioning your student to the work world with confidence. 

The Certificate in Civic Engagement & Service-Learning (CEPS) provides a combination of theory and practical experiences in a coherent framework for students who want to learn how to be effective in building a more just and peaceful world.  Students who have completed the Certificate have found it to be rewarding and even transformational.  Some have found their career paths through the coursework and community engagement.  Katie Elliott is one of those students. Read more about her CEPS experience here.

In pursuing this certificate the students:

  • Develop the skills needed for a life of active and engaged citizenship;
  • Get hands-on experience connecting ideas and action;
  • Explore a path to a career in the civic sphere, non-profit sector, or politics;
  • Learn how to create positive social change;
  • Receive recognition for public service done while at UMass; and
  • Learn how to connect such work to their major.

There are two tracks through the Certificate: the Service-Learning Track or the Community-Engaged Research Track.

For more information about the Civic Engagement & Public Service certificate and the two tracks encourage your student to visit the CESL website or make an appointment with a CEPS adviser at  UMass CESL, 611 Goodell Building, 413-545-2015.