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New Partnership with Myler Disability Explores Cooperative Learning

Published on September 23, 2014 by Staff Writer

Broadview UniversityBy Ryan Farley, campus director

Do you ever wonder if the skills you’re learning in school are truly what your future employers are looking for? Nearly one third of private companies in America stated that a lack of qualified workers was a major barrier to their company’s growth, according to a recent study by Business Trendsetter Barometer.

Broadview University is committed to providing students with the skills they need to thrive in a competitive workforce. We believe that our graduates are prepared to fill the skill-based gaps that exist in the workforce today, and by teaming up with Myler Disability, we are working to strengthen this commitment even more.

Our new partnership with Myler Disability allows us the opportunity to pioneer an innovative concept called the Cooperative Learning Partnership (CLP). The goal of this project is to develop exceptional employees, improve employee retention, and increase our students’ degree completion rates.

The CLP is a three-way commitment between the employer, the student employee, and Broadview University, utilizing both academic and on-the-job learning.

“We are excited to partner with Myler and explore this concept,” said Sean Nobmann, executive paralegal program chair at Broadview University. “Similar partnerships in European nations have yielded outstanding benefits to both students and employers.”

Here is a diagram showing the benefits for each of the three parties involved: Broadview University

So, how does a CLP work? It’s quite simple. An employer, a student employee, and a member of Broadview’s faculty will get together each quarter and identify work that is related to the student’s degree program. Through a combination of assignments and work summaries, the student will earn course credit for the work assigned while fulfilling course objectives.

Academic coursework will be applied at work as much as possible, but the student employee will also be expected to spend time outside of work studying and completing assignments. Ideally, the CLP will be a two-year commitment where student employees can apply what they have learned on the job and earn an associate degree in their field of study.

While the CLP with Myler Disability is specific to Broadview University’s paralegal program, it is designed to work with many other programs currently offered at Broadview University, including associate degrees in business, information technology, accounting, health care management, software application development, and internet marketing. Jobs that would work best for this model include positions in sales, customer service, technical support, marketing, and business administration.

Learn more about Cooperative Learning Partnerships by requesting more information or by calling 1-877-480-3335.

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