We believe learning happens all the time, everywhere, in both formal and informal ways. So we’ve built active and experiential learning into our program in a way that students apply and connect what they are learning in the classroom to the real world.
Network Campus Program
Students spend a minimum of two days a week off campus, actively learning outside of the classroom through the Corporate Internship Program or at one of our educational partners.
Whether entering a tower in downtown Pittsburgh, walking onto a university campus, or in the suburbs at a high-tech manufacturing company, our students are gaining important workplace ready skills well ahead of most of their peers. We also actively involve the professionals from our Corporate Internship Partners as guest speakers, panel experts, career mentors, and job shadowing opportunities.
In addition to building workplace skills, students spread out across the city, through our network of educational partners and through field-based learning experiences, to regional historical and cultural sites. Some recent field-based learning spots were:
- The Oakland section of Pittsburgh to explore historical sites, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, public art spots, and the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. To summarize the trip, the students recorded their responses and reactions to sites they visited with small groups of peers and created reflective pieces.
- The City Theater Young Playwrights festival, where students formed their own voice through the writer's workshop and connecting learning to cultural literacy classes.
- Duquesne University for the Presidential Conference on the Integrity of Creation and Climate Change (Barbara Sizemore STEAM Conference), where students gained knowledge that they can apply to their social action projects.
Through field based learning, students have career-oriented experiences that help to define their career goals, deepen and enhance their classroom learning, and increase their chance for success in college recruitment or direct employment.