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The Lumina Foundation estimates that in order to meet the demand for educated employees the United States needs to raise the percentage of adults with a college degree from 38 percent in 2010 to 60 percent by the year 2025.  


"Capitalizing upon the idea that working adults have 'banked' valuable applied learning through their work," says Carol Williams, associate dean for continuing education, "we will offer working adults a way to turn that learning into meaningful college credit through a 'reverse internship' concept. Individuals will be able to convert their prior learning into college credits equivalent to a standard practicum or internship that will be usable toward degree requirements at Eastern." 


Eastern is currently creating an interactive "reverse internship" tutorial to be incorporated into our Credit for Lifelong Learning (CLL) program.  Student "competency statements" will be an essential part of the "reverse internship" model. Students selected in the fall participated in a January CLL Portfolio Development workshop that incorporated the new "reverse internship" tutorial. Portfolios that were due at the end of January are being assessed by the faculty.


A benefit of the program is that it will decrease the cost of completing a bachelor's degree at Eastern for students participating in the program by 6-9 percent.  Anyone interested in the "reverse internship" should contact Joanne Melody ( ), coordinator of the program for the School of Continuing Education at Eastern.

By Carol Williams, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the School of Continuing Education
Eastern Connecticut State University


Scholarship at Eastern to Honor Alumna Victoria Leigh Soto

President Núñez has announced the creation of the Victoria Leigh Soto Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund at Eastern to support students studying to be teachers who have unmet financial need.  Donations may be directed as follows:


Victoria Leigh Soto Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund

ECSU Foundation, Inc.

Eastern Connecticut State University

83 Windham Street

Willimantic, CT  06226

ATTN: Kenneth J. DeLisa

Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Now is the time to think about preparing for your career after college.  The world economy is just that -- global, and it's time to enhance your education and resume with a global experience.  If you don't have the time or money for a semester abroad, then consider a Global Field Course.  Here are two upcoming Global Field Courses that you can register for now.


Register for fall 2012 EDU 457 - Global Educational Field Experience in Jamaica,Jamaica-Education.jpg a three-credit Tier II Cultural Perspective course.  Permission of the instructor, Dr. David Stoloff, is required.   You take the course in the fall and have the field experience in Jamaica during Wintersession from Jan. 2-9, 2013.

Highlights include serving as a teaching aide at an infant school, primary, junior high or high school in Hanover or St. James Parishes in Jamaica; studying ecotourism; interacting with Jamaican teachers and students; and experiencing Jamaican culture.    The approximate cost of the Jamaica portion is $1,850, which includes airfare, ground transportation, housing and most meals.)  For more information or to get on the interest list, please contact Professor Stoloff at


Hawaii.jpgRegister for fall 2012 THE 365.  Non-theatre majors are welcome.  Permission of the instructor is required.  You take the course in the fall and have the field experience in Hawaii during Wintersession from Jan. 1-13, 2013.

During the fall course, non-majors and majors are certain to have a transformative experience building a theatre piece to be performed in Hawaii in January 2013.  Highlights of the field experience include touring urban, rural and historical locations; conducting interviews; attending workshops with historians and theatre professionals; constructing playable characters; and performing on Oahu.   The approximate cost for the Hawaiian portion (without Wintersession credit) is $3,000.  For more information, email Assistant Professor J.J. Cobb at

Register now, as seats are filling up!

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