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From College to Career: Applied Learning Categories

If you want a real-world, hands-on college experience that takes you off-campus and into a professional environment or foreign culture, Farmingdale offers numerous and varied Applied Learning opportunities.  Below you will find a description of each Applied Learning category and actual stories of students who benefited from the program.

Civic Engagement logo

These courses have a teaching and learning focus on preparing students to be informed global citizens. It includes instruction and experiences designed to educate students about community, and activities that contribute to the social good.

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Shaquille Saillant

"I found out a lot about myself. I felt connected with my community and showed that my designs could be utilized for an important cause. I gained a new perspective on what it means to be part of my community." - Shaquille Saillant, Class of 2017

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In these courses you will spend time in a clinical health-care setting, interacting with individual patients or groups under the supervision of faculty. The goal is to master clinical concepts, improve clinical reasoning, and expand clinical skills.

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Kaitlyn Rostron

"I definitely recommend clinical-placement experiences. You get hands-on training and learn invaluable lessons from working with different communities. I would do it again in a heartbeat." - Kaitlyn Rostron, Dental Hygiene, Class of 2017

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Students in these courses are expected to volunteer their time for the benefit of the broader community. The course includes experiences such as service days, volunteering at campus and off-campus events, fund-raising, and other projects. These experiences do not require previous knowledge or skill. They are designed to help students learn about and reflect on the needs of their communities and how they might be addressed.

Nursing students and faculty participating in a community-based outreach event

Nursing Students and Faculty

Nursing students and faculty participated in community-based outreach events. Many events were geared toward the provision of health education, such as hypertension screening for the community, with additional events addressing other issues including disaster preparedness.

Give Kids a Smile (collaborative effort with Dental Hygiene) (2/2/18)
Naloxone Training in Lindenhurst SD (2/28/18)
Heart Screen, NY (3/10/18)
Hypertension screening in Lindenhurst SD (3/16/18)
Hypertension screening in South Huntington SD (3/26/18)
LI Coalition for the Homeless Candlelight Vigil (4/10/18)
Hypertension screening in Farmingdale SD (4/11/18)
Operation Black Swan - Full Scale Mass Casualty Exercise (4/4/18)

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These courses are designed to be a culminating experience that demonstrates student achievement in a program of study. A creative work implies a capstone (or culminating) performance, project, or other manifestation of systematic learning over a college career.

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Deirdra Kearns

"I thought if I was going to put so much effort and time into a campaign I might as well make it real and something that the community can benefit from," Deirdra explains. "I believed if I could find one student to pass the beacon on to, a scholarship would be the right way of showing support and encouragement." - Deirdra Kearns, Class of 2017

Entrepreneurship Logo pictured with a key

These courses will assist you in developing the entrepreneurial skills relevant to any professional organization (non-profit, start-up, private corporations, etc.) You will learn to uncover and develop opportunities that can provide value to such organizations.

William Turano surrounded by plants

William Turano

William Turano created Lifted Roots Vertical Farms, a service that provides a hydroponic agricultural system that is versatile, mobile and sustainable, to meet the demand for farm-to-table foods.

Other highlighted Entrepreneurship experiences:

Orville Davis, Class of 2019

Jared Potash, Class of 2016, In the Spotlight - Jared Potash '16
Jared's skills and new business were recognized and put to use by one of FSC's faculty members. The story of this partnership can be found in the FSC Campus Times Story.

Field Study Logo

You will be asked to collect data outside traditional laboratory settings - typically naturalistic or field settings. These courses demands inquiry, investigation, discovery, critical thinking, and application of data-collection skills.

Internship Farmingdale State College logo

This is an internship in which you will apply knowledge you have acquired in the classroom to a professional or community setting. You will gain valuable professional experience and connections in your chosen field. Internships that are part of a course are always credit bearing. Internship sites might also offer pay as an incentive. Talk to your professor or the department to determine how many credits you will receive and whether the internship will be paid or unpaid.

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Noma Nayyar

"I had the opportunity to intern with one of the top global multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firms - Arup, located in Manhattan's Wall Street. I was working closely with the ITC (Information Technology and Communications) team during my 10 weeks.... Recently, I got a call in which they offered me a full-time position as an ITC consultant right after graduation..." - Noma Nayyar, Class of 2018

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Montana Musillo

Electrical/computer engineering technology student Montana Musillo was hired for Canon's 10-week Summer Insights program. The program is designed to provide students an opportunity to gain hands-on work experience by participating in significant work projects and exposure to various business units within the company.

"I'm very excited to start working," Montana says. "It will pose new challenges for me professionally, and encourage me to keep learning and trying new things. I'm interested in all the different things I will learn beyond engineering." - Montana Musillo, Class of 2019

Other highlighted internship experiences:

Juan Garces, Class of 2020, Blain Hydraulics

Mark Drobnjak, Class of 2020, Amazon

Sim Singh, Class of 2019, Jeremy Doucette, Class of 2020, Daniel Nazar, Class of 2019, NYS Assembly

Preethi Gaayathri, Class of 2017, VAI, Inc.

Nicholas King, Class of 2015, Staten Island Yankees

 Practicum Farmingdale State College logo

These courses provide real-world experiences in which you apply theoretical/technical concepts or skills and cultural competency relevant to your education.

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Abraham Im

"I wanted to become a professional pilot ever since I was four years old," he says. "I discovered this passion from my first flight, from New York to Seoul, South Korea. After that I always looked up to the sky when an airplane flew over. I always told myself that I would become a captain one day." — Abraham Im, Class of 2015

 Service Learning Farmingdale State College logo

In these courses you will perform and reflect upon meaningful community service designed to enrich your education and strengthen the community. Service-learning activities are designed to illustrate previous learning about an area, group, community, problem, etc., while providing students the opportunity to help resolve an issue through their own work.

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Puerto Rico

NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative, Summer 2018. - Francis Gomera, Gideon Sherry, and Jason DelPesce

Kaitlyn Kallansrude in Jamaica

Kaitlyn Kallansrude 

Applied Learning, under the right circumstances, can change the course of a life. In Kaitlyn Kallansrude's case, an Applied Learning experience not only changed her life, but the lives of several classrooms full of children, in a school in an impoverished neighborhood in Jamaica.

Other highlighted Service Learning experiences:

Hajera Siddiq, Class of 2014, The Clinton Foundation

Architecture and Construction Management Students Get Out of the Classroom and into the "Real World Community"

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These courses include either foreign or domestic travel. It is designed to increase your understanding of the history and cultural features of a location and its people. The course takes place at (specific location), a location specifically chosen to enhance your educational experience by virtue of its (specific attributes of the location).

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Melissa Taveras

"In every country I traveled to I found a little bit of myself," she says wistfully. "These are experiences and lessons and skills I would never have learned had I been in my usual environment. Studying abroad has been the best decision I could have made." — Melissa Taveras, Class of 2015

Other highlighted Study Abroad experiences:

Alexa Toyas, Class of 2015 and Greysi Regalado, Class of 2016, New Castle University and University College London, United Kingdom

David Dávila, Class of 2013, English Teacher Training College, Argentina

Gabriela Taciak, Class of 2013, University of Salamanca, Spain

Patricia Pickford, Class of 2010, Ramon Llull University, Spain

Undergrad Research Farmingdale State College logo

These courses involve an undergraduate research component in which you will develop a meaningful intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline. With the guidance of your research mentor you will engage in the literature of the discipline, research design, data collection, data analysis, and research ethics, where applicable.

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Kamryn Hernandez

Kamryn Hernandez (Nursing), Class of 2021, received SUNY investment grant funding to travel to Antigua to conduct conservation work, engage in excavations, and learn about the Saladoid and Arawak peoples with Dr. Matthew Brown in Anthropology over the summer. Together, they discovered 2 pre-birth infants from the 620-670 CE period. Kamryn presented in Antiqua on the methodologies they used in the field which included stratification, context recording, and relative and absolute dating techniques. For more on the RAM Program, see Fall 2017 Spotlight on RAM and Spring 2017 Spotlight on RAM.

Other highlighted Undergraduate Research experiences:
Lauren Liegmann, Class of 2016, Constructing Building Blocks for an Engineering Career

Hassana Oyibo, Class of 2007, Bioscience Program Research