Competency Development Through Virtual Internships
Concurrent Session 8
Education has roughly 10M Online learners. School Districts have students needing to develop 21 Century Competencies. The ability to deliver real Experiential Learning opportunities for students is a huge challenge. We have solutions that provide the required experience to address the skills gap and change the direction of Student success.
Educational systems have roughly 10M Online and millions of Campus learners. School Districts have students needing to develop 21st Century Competencies. The ability to deliver real Experiential Learning opportunities for students is a huge challenge. We have solutions that provide the required experience to address the skills gap and change the direction of Student success.
The "Skills Gap" has become the key buzz phrase across almost all industries. The ability to provide Practice for students who are in High School and College through internships is becoming harder to acquire. Some issues that impact this include risk management concerns regarding High School students being safely transported to employer work sites, as well as general work safety issues while onsite. Additionally, we want to make sure the quality of the experience provides experiential learning that delivers on Core Competencies and is assessed based on real Experiential Learning.
Our Professional Edge Platform (PEP) is designed to deliver and assess Personal Learning of core professional competencies through application and capture of evidence of the successes and failures the virtual Intern will experience working for a Company in our consortium. Also, we partner with innovation leader Vivagogy.com to increase the knowledge and application of Experiential Learning that transfers across careers. Our Direct Competency Coaching, assessment, and capturing evidence is what we believe will "Let us put some PEP in your professional step.”
Companies today are seeking experienced workers that have these Core Competencies:
- Writing proficiency
- Public speaking skills
- Data analysis - programs like Excel
- Problem Solving
- Critical Thinking
- Attention to Detail/Focus
- Communication skills
- Leadership qualities
- Interpersonal skills
- Teamwork skills
- Business Technology skills in areas such as CRM (Strauss, 2016)
We, at Pole Star Experiential Learning, deliver these skills identified by employers! We immerse the Virtual Intern deep into the process in a controlled environment where the Virtual Interns will work and gain needed Competencies through experience within our Consortium of Companies. Experiencing real-world expectations, making real-world decisions, and having the opportunity to make real world mistakes and be given the opportunity to correct those mistakes. Our Competency Coaches engage at the business level and in the curriculum within the Professional Edge Platform (PEP), so the experience and assessment are complete and have meaning for the student’s success.
Dr. David Kolb said it best, “Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience.”
At Pole Star Experiential Learning We Live this Mantra!
Kevin A. Cojanu, Ph.D.
Founder and President of Pole Star Experiential Learning
Strauss, K., (2016) These Are The Skills Bosses Say New College Grads Do Not Have., Forbes Magazine., Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2016/05/17/these-are-the-skills-bosses-say-new-college-grads-do-not-have/#b1352e154916