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The Center for Experiential and Community Engaged Learning


The Center for Experiential and Community Engaged Learning (CECEL) is a resource for students, faculty, and business and community partners who wish to receive and/or provide experiential learning opportunities that enhance student learning, integrate theory and practice, and promote professional development and active citizenship.

Mission Statement:

Experiential Learning builds knowledge, develops skills and clarifies values by engaging students in direct experience, community engagement and guided, focused reflection.

The Center for Experiential and Community Engaged Learning provides a central identity for Experiential Learning Initiatives at Owens, providing opportunities for collaboration, program assessment and alignment of Owens' core values, mission and vision.

Experiential Learning Includes:

  • Academic and Co-curricular Service Learning
  • Owens Harvest Food Pantry, Career Closet, and Community Garden
  • Field Trips
  • Laboratory Experiments
  • Internships/Co-Ops
  • Clinical Experiences
  • Alternative Spring Breaks
  • Juried Exhibitions and Performances
  • Civic Engagement
  • Civic Ambassador Leadership Program
  • Practicum Experiences
  • Student Teaching
  • Directed Volunteer Activities
  • Research Opportunities
  • Study Abroad
  • Federal Work Study

Center Goals:

  • Connect students to community and professional resources, contacts and professional work experience
  • Build opportunities for enhanced learning through direct experience
  • Provide collaborative framework for all members of the Owens community to share best practices for experiential learning
  • Develop assessment strategies that align school/department goals with broader mission, vision and requirements of governing bodies
  • Inspire students toward an identity of engaged citizenship