From their first contacts with IU, Regional Campus students will understand how their studies prepare them for careers, and they will be supported in discovering and pursuing career aspirations and opportunities throughout their education at IU.
4.0 Connecting with Careers
Skill and knowledge development, career advising, and leverage campus connections with the community and region to provide career advice and opportunities for students.
At IU South Bend, the Dwyer College of Health Sciences provides a number of opportunities for its students to engage with community partners. Students in Health Sciences enroll in service-learning courses where they collaborate with local agencies to provide real world, hands-on experience in their health field of interest. Community partners include: AIDS Ministries, the YMCA, Memorial Hospital, Bashor Children’s Home, and the South Bend Fire Department. Students focusing on the health promotion concentration enroll in a year-long, two-course sequence where they assess, plan, implement, and evaluate a health program for a population in need. Students work with local agencies and their stakeholders in developing their plans. The Division of Dental Education sponsors an on-campus dental clinic. Many of the dental clinic faculty are also practicing professionals and along with students, they collaborate with community agencies to provide free or reduced dental care to various groups.
The School of Education (SoE) provides the following for its students to engage with community partners. Elkhart Summer School—the SoE offers a three-week summer camp that provides instruction in math, reading, and science. Using a variety of hands-on learning activities, teacher candidates and recent graduates from the SoE teach in the program. They receive mentoring from the more experienced teachers. To date, over 20 IU South Bend education majors have gone on to teach in the Elkhart schools. Community Counseling Clinic—since 2015, the SoE has run a Community Counseling Clinic that provides free counseling services for individuals and families in the South Bend area. Students are supervised and gain practicum hours for their work. The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics places its students in many internships which serve as pathways to careers.