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    New transfer opportunity breaks ground in Sacramento for community college students

    The new Drexel University campus is currently soliciting Sacramento students.
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    Here’s a catch-22: A student attends college full-time to gain knowledge and skills for a certain career path, but a potential employer wants to see a degree–plus five years of job experience. This conundrum is one students face; students go to school to learn but often end up missing out on the hands-on experience employers are looking for.

    Now, some schools may be finding a solution to that problem.

    This fall, Drexel University, which recently expanded with a campus in the Sacramento area, will provide a co-operative experience through its undergraduate degree in business administration.

    The university’s Sacramento location primarily hosts graduate programs, but beginning in the fall the university will also offer students the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree with a co-operative business experience. Qualified students must have already completed two years of community college, and plan to transfer to an institution as a business administration major.

    Unique to the Sacramento area, the co-op experience at Drexel will provide students with the opportunity to be placed in a field-related paid position for six months. Participating students will work for one of the companies that have a pre-existing agreement with Drexel.

    Olivia Stelte, assistant director of Sacramento admissions enrollment management at Drexel, is in charge of student recruitment for the undergraduate program. She says the university has a 90-year history of providing a co-operative experience as part of its students’ educational programs on the East Coast.

    Now, Stelte says she is excited that Drexel is bringing the co-op program to the West Coast region.

    “There are actually quite a few schools that are co-op schools,” says Stelte. “We just don’t necessarily have anywhere on the West Coast.”

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    “Employers are seeking to hire students with ‘real world practical’ experience in their field,” says Carvana. “Our job [at Drexel] is to prepare students for the jobs in their area.”

    According to Carvana, students will average an income of $16,000 in their co-op, and can complete their experience at local and international business locations. Participating national and local businesses in the co-op include: the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD), CalPers, Wells Fargo, Pride Industries, Coventry Health, Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), the Crocker Museum, and United States Department of Agriculture.

    Through the program, students complete core business classes in four 10-week quarters at the campus and finish electives online. Overall, tuition costs roughly $28,851 for the academic year, according to Drexel University’s Financial Aid Office.

    This may sound steep for some. Assistant professor in business at City College, Twa’Lea A. Jordan says she is concerned about the financial cost for students to achieve a degree.

    “I haven’t had the opportunity to sit in on any of their classes or delve into the degree itself and the quality of the education,” says Jordan. “But one thing that concerns me for students and not just SCC students, but just students today, is paying roughly $27,000 a year for an undergraduate degree.”

    Still, Jordan says if students are willing to pay the cost, the co-op experience at Drexel provides another option for students to complete their degree gaining work-related experience.

    “It’s always good to have options, I guess,” says Jordan. “You just have to weigh them.” 

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