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Put this class on your resume!

March 21, 2016

By Kathrine Teresi, Marketing Assistant

Our class is called ENG 97/197, but don’t let that scare you away.

Engineering Service Learning is here to help you make your future career happen. Students gain experience employers seek in prospective employees. Participants receive free training to diversify their resumes and delivering a finished product to a nonprofit organization.

Students in ENG 97/197 — Engineering Service Learning (ESL) — are making big things happen for themselves and others as they gain valuable experience that makes them more hirable.

ESL student teams partner with nonprofit organizations and put a team of students together to solve design-based problems for the nonprofit. Students meet once a week and learn to use their skill sets to solve problems.

Students receive free training, experience that enhances their resumes, a low workload and the satisfaction of delivering a finished product to a happy customer.

The class is open to all majors. There are no prerequisites and no previous experience is required. Engineering Service Learning provides training, support and faculty mentors for the student-driven projects.

Engineering Service Learning organizes free workshops called Skill Sessions. Diversify your resume to become the best candidate possible for current job postings by attending these workshops, which include topics like soldering, Matlab, and Arduino.

Some of our community partners include the Merit ePartners, Healthy House and the Merced Department of Education (MCOE). Each community partner has different problems that are applicable to all majors, and we guarantee each student will find his or her place on a team.

In the real world, students work with a variety of people. Each team has a variety of positions, including project manager, assistant project manager, communications officer, finance officer and intellectual property officer.

Each student who takes this class leaves ready to meet his or her next challenges. Juan De Simon, member of the Nat App Engineering Service Learning team, said “I learned more leadership and time management skills from Engineering Service Learning. These skills are crucial because I can apply them in both the real world and the next Engineering Service Learning team.”