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Cocurricular Learning at Penn State

As a Penn State student, you are earning a degree from one of the most prestigious and well-regarded universities in the United States. In addition to the richness of your classroom learning, Penn State offers many opportunities for out-of-class or cocurricular learning.

This "cocurriculum" at Penn State includes both formal and informal out-of-class learning opportunities. These include involvement with clubs and organizations, workshops, lectures, internships, co-ops, living-learning communities, intramural and recreation programs, undergraduate research opportunities, interactions with faculty and other students, service learning, academic and career advising, cultural events and study abroad.

Employers tell us that they seek to hire students who graduate with enhanced skills - especially in communication, leadership, diversity, ethics and career management. With this in mind, Student Affairs annually offers hundreds of workshops and experiential learning programs for students on topics such as career management, leadership, personal health and wellness, diversity and multicultural competence, sexual assault awareness, ethical decision making and personal financial management. These programs are mapped to Penn State's Cocurricular Learning Outcomes.

Online Workshops

Many of the face-to-face workshops offered at Penn State's campuses are now available online through this EDGE website - and they are all free to Penn State students. You can gain an additional competitive "edge" in today's workplace by graduating with these enhanced skills. You can select individual workshops that meet your interests and complete them at a time that is convenient for your schedule. Each of these online workshops should take about an hour to complete. Some workshops can be found in Penn State's ANGEL learning system and require a log in to enroll. You can also earn a non-credit certificate in two areas: multicultural competency and career planning. All workshops are offered free of charge to Penn State students.

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Non-credit Certificates

Please Note: The certificate programs are not currently available, but students can still work through any of the individual workshops listed below the Career Planning and Multicultural Competencies headings..

Career Planning

Enroll now for the full certificate in ANGEL - or select one of the following individual workshops:

NOTE: The following Career Planning content is currently in development

Multicultural Competencies
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Other Online Workshops

Sexual Violence Education at Penn State

Open to all Penn State students, this eLearning module allows you to learn the facts about relationship violence, sexual violence, stalking and sexual harassment. The program will help you develop practical skills to keep you and your friends safe. Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer 9, Chrome 20 or later, and Safari 5.1 or later. First year students should take Penn State AWARE, linked at the top of this page.

Financial Literacy

Learn how to make informed financial decisions on managing your credit card debt, paying for college, living on a budget, and more.

Know the Code

Learn about Penn State's Student Code of Conduct.

Writing a Personal Statement Online

Learn how to write a personal statement to apply for scholarships or for graduate school.

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Audio/Video Presentations

Career Services Recorded Workshops (Guest Speaker Series)

Search ANGEL groups for "recorded."

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Face-to-Face Workshops and Events

Student Affairs Educational Programs Calendar
Career Services
Center for Ethics and Religious Affairs
Center for Women Students
Counseling and Psychological Services
LGBT Student Resource Center
Paul Robeson Cultural Center
Student Activities
University Health Services
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