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EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning

EXCEL: Experiential Courses and Engaged Learning offers a variety of experiential learning opportunities, where undergraduate and graduate students can experience active, dynamic learning and be introduced to the process of engaged learning outside the traditional classroom.

Students may serve their community and participate in their own learning process and derive meaning from the interaction between ideas, experiences, and research, helping them to become job-ready graduates through internships, co-ops, service learning, and courses.

Internships and Co-ops

Internships and Co-ops are a great way to learn outside of the classroom and earn academic credit. Whether it's for a semester-long internship or a 6-month co-op, these experiences will help boost your resume and expand your professional network. Most importantly, they give you the opportunity to explore different career options, gain real-world experience, and build confidence.

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Our many service-learning courses can provide you with the skills to become an active citizen who understands the importance of being civically engaged and involved in your community. Engaging in service-learning can help you gain a greater understanding of the needs of local, national, and global communities.  Build your resume and network while making a positive impact.

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EXCEL Coordinated Programs

EXCEL sponsors two full-year, school-based programs that provide positive role models for children, including academic or social support during critical periods of transition and development.  Focus Forward  matches college students with adolescents in surrounding school districts to help middle and high-school students learn about goal setting, perseverance, and social transitions.  The Oswego Children’s Project  provides students interested in areas of counseling and social sciences an opportunity to learn about the theory and implementation of child-centered non-directive play techniques in an elementary school to promote connectedness, self-esteem, and resilience.

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College and Career Preparation Courses

We offer a variety of credit-bearing courses that will help students increase their success in college and prepare for experiential opportunities and life after college. There are several courses that assist students to assess their strengths, find their passions, market themselves, and give back to their communities.

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About Us



The EXCEL team supports students in the pursuit of their personal, academic, and career goals by offering meaningful experiential learning opportunities and courses.


In collaboration with campus and community partners, the EXCEL office will be a central hub that provides students with equitable access to meaningful experiential learning opportunities and supports their growth as professionals who are working to build a better world.


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