WHO IS TEACHING?
EXPERT PRACTITIONERS working professionally in the disciplines below will share their career stories and describe their work life. They will review requirements for various career positions in their field and introduce students to jobs, colleagues, networking, and professional associations.
WHAT WILL STUDENTS LEARN?
Each course is designed to help students make decisions about a career path and learn how to navigate from college to the workplace. These Expert Practitioners, experienced and preeminent in their fields, will serve as role models, inspiring, motivating, and guiding students.
CORE-P 101 → CORE-P 102 → CORE-P 201
Each student needs to pass CORE-P 101 & 102 before registering for CORE-P 201
|CORE-P 201 On Campus Courses (2 credits)||CORE-P 201 Virtual Courses (2 credits)|
On Campus CORE-P 201 Courses
Careers in Higher Education (Student Affairs)
Student affairs professionals direct learning opportunities on college campuses outside of classrooms and laboratories. Students in this CORE-P 201 course will learn about function areas within student affairs, learn student development theories common in the profession and put those theories into practice in student-facing offices on campus. Students taking this course will be equipped to gain experience from college offices with a primary student learning or student development focus. Examples include residence life, student activities, career and professional development, health services, financial aid, etc. for any college or university, not solely SMCM. On campus hands-on experience will be required
Medical Services (EMS)
This course will provide a basic overview of the emergency medical services (EMS) system in St. Mary’s County and the greater Maryland EMS system. Students will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills necessary for assisting in patient care in an emergency situation, including acquisition of vital signs (e.g., blood pressure, pulse), radio communication, personal safety (e.g., bloodborne pathogen), and operation of ambulance equipment (e.g., stretcher, LifePak, oxygen/suction). Students will have the opportunity to visit key emergency services infrastructure in the local area (e.g., emergency communications). Students will also gain certification in CPR through the American Heart Association and will be provided information about opportunities for future certification paths (e.g., EMT, paramedic). By the end of the course, students will be qualified to volunteer as crew members at the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad and will be eligible for membership. Off campus hands on experience will be required.
Boyden Art Gallery and Collection
Students in this course will work as gallery assistants where they will assist in visitor engagement, exhibition, creations, research and planning. Students will learn about collections and experience installation techniques for gallery shows. Off campus hands on experience will be required. On campus hands on experience will be required.
Land Use and Conservation
Land conservation is not just about tree-hugging – although tree-hugging is encouraged! This course will explore the urgent need to preserve our open spaces and the many aspects of land conservation, from planning and zoning and legal issues to funding and program management. We will discuss the various career paths that can touch land conservation (real estate, land surveying, GIS, agriculture, forestry, etc.) and hear from guest speakers in some of those areas. Students will understand the importance of partnerships in land conservation, and in particular the local partnership among land trusts, County and State government, and the Navy to protect land in St. Mary’s County. Finally, students will get outside and visit some nearby properties that are protected by conservation easements.It is expected that hands-on experiences will be performed at Southern Maryland Resource Conservation & Development in Leonardtown and possibly at other conservation organizations in the area. Off campus hands-on experience will be required.
Shoreline Management in Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States with over 20,000 miles of estuarine coast. In order to understand man’s impact along the shorelines of the Bay and its tributaries we will review the geologic history and stratigraphic underpinnings of the Mid -Atlantic coastal plain. Ever since World War II development along the shorelines of Maryland and Virginia has been significant. We will study the role of tides, currents and waves on shoreline processes and shoreline change both accretion and erosion. Understanding the wide suite of upland, shoreface and nearshore habitats is critical in assessing the impact of storm surge and sea level rise on waterfront properties both developed and not. Shore management can range from doing nothing to shoreline hardening to living shorelines. The class will include field trips to the nearby St. Mary’s City Living Shoreline Projects which were designed and installed in 2002 and provide examples of long term project performance. On campus hands-on experience will be required.
Encourage and Engage: Careers in High School Education
This course will provide an opportunity to engage with high school students in Leonardtown and Great Mills. Students will learn about the various careers in secondary education, student support programming, and educator effective practices. The hands-on experiences will include mentoring, classroom discussions with 9-12 teachers, student support practices, and teacher/staff shadowing. The CORE-P 201 students will also work directly with St. Mary’s County, MD neighboring high schools to provide additional hands-on experiences in the secondary education career sector. Off campus hands-on experience will be required.
Students in this course will be placed into externships that allow for direct work experience in one of three areas:
* College athletics administration/coaching
* Professional sport organizations
* Health and fitness field
On campus hands-on experience will be required.
Making the Most of the Middle: Middle School Education
In this course, students will learn about the various career opportunities in middle school, how to support all students, and techniques for engaging all learners. Students will have opportunities to meet with local educators and create high interest classroom materials. Students will also learn about the various requirements for becoming an educator. Join us as we learn about one of the most rewarding careers! On campus hands-on experience required.
Building Strategic & Effective Partnerships
No matter what career path or industry one endeavors, building strategic and effective partnerships/alliances will strengthen not only your own skills, but also those of your organization – creating a greater opportunity for a more successful and sustainable outcome.
A successful partnership/alliance shares resources between two or more individuals, organizations, or companies to produce a better outcome for all involved – as well as others not directly involved in the partnership. Successful partnerships require creativity, collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking, communication, resourcefulness, flexibility, patience, and trust. Students will learn that strategically partnering with others will supplement their capabilities and weaknesses with strengths. They will learn how to share resources with the mission of growth and mutual success.
Every student will be assigned a project and challenged to create innovative and strategic partnerships to accomplish a common goal from different perspectives. Students will use their newly acquired professional skills and learn how to apply them during hands-on experiences in the community. Finally, students will learn how to monitor, manage, and nurture those partnerships for long term sustainability and effectiveness. On campus hands-on experience will be required.