They say that best way to learn something is by doing it. That is a concept that is at the core of the cooperative work experience program at Daytona State College (DSC). Each semester, students from the computer degree programs at DSC are given the opportunity to gain real-world work experience before entering the job market.DSC work experience coordinator Cheryl Miller says that being able to add professional experience to their resume gives a student a competitive edge after graduation. Many employers won’t even consider an employee that hasn’t had hands-on experience. “Internship experience is a great way to gain work experience in a new profession,” Miller said. “This experience will be valuable, not only during your enrollment at Daytona State, but also after graduation as you build your professional resume.”
Another potential benefit to students is the ability to network while they are performing the duties of the Co-op experience. Students are able to make an impression on professionals that are working in the students’ field of interest. If a student makes a good impression, these connections can be used to find employment after graduation. Many students that make a good impression on the company that hires them for the Co-op are given full-time positions following graduation.
After getting a job, many students continue their studies at Daytona State in order to earn additional certificates within their field of study. The success of the program, led by Chairperson Aninyda Paul, has allowed Daytona State to add a Bachelor’s Degree program in Computer Technology to the current Associate’s Degree Program offerings at the school. Having a job to help pay for the chance to continue their studies is another reason why the work experience program is so successful. It gives students a job and allows them to earn money that they can spend on gaining a four-year degree and potentially getting a higher-paying opportunity.
A recent addition to the impressive list of employers participating in the Co-op program is AXIOM ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, a company that provides Integrated Healthcare Marketing Services to the healthcare industry. AXIOM its services include:
The students will be working the company office in Ormond Beach and working in a new department at AXIOM that is focused on marketing for the healthcare organization. Three students from the DSC Computer Programming program were recently brought in to work as interns for the new department. The fields that the students will be working in include search engine optimization, graphic/web design and social media administration.
Each student said they are looking forward to the opportunity to test their skills in a real job. AXIOM’s President and Founder Julian G. Cantillo stated, “This is a great opportunity for the students to apply what they have learned to the real Business World, we are definitely excited and it is truly been a pleasure so far working with Daytona State College staff and students.” The students head into the position in hopes of the potential of earning the chance to become an employee of Axiom following the completion of their Internship.