Jumping the Connection Gap: Helping Students Build a Bridge between Major and Career

Brandy Schillace


How do we impress upon our students the value of ethical writing?—of community involvement?—of civic activism? We must do more than prepare them for their roles as community members and future employees; we must show them in what way they are prepared, as well as how and why to maintain community connections. The following paper details the creation of a pilot course and its revision into a repeatedly offered 200-level English class intended to close the gap between students and the wider business and civic community.


civic engagement; program development

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