The phrase "learn by doing" is for real in the College of Education and Social Services (CESS), where students gain years of hands-on experience in diverse field settings before they graduate. Having strong relationships with our community partners makes it possible for CESS students to dive into their careers through real world learning experiences. Meet a few of our wonderful and amazing undergraduate students who make us proud!
“Being a part of the Early Childhood Special Education program at UVM has been one of the most amazing aspects of my life,” says Skylar Haugenes (’17). “The professors are knowledgeable, passionate, and respected in the field. They make it a priority to go out of their way to help all of their students succeed. Students get experience with varying ages, abilities, and cultures."
Skylar has completed five student teaching internships - two at the UVM Campus Children’s School, two at the Trinity Children's Center in Burlington, and another with the Early Intervention team at Northwestern Counseling and Support Services in St. Albans. For the past three years, she has been a peer mentor for the Think College program, working with young adults with intellectual disabilities to help them complete a college certificate program.
Dominic Chatot (Human Development and Family Studies '17) served as the director of sports and ecology at the Ocean Beach Youth Group on Fire Island, New York. He also worked at the Integrated Arts Academy in Burlington, inspiring kids to participate in arts, theater and sports activities, and helping them with their homework.
“I am incredibly happy to be a student in CESS because it has allowed me to create a path where I can utilize my skills and passion to help improve the quality of our society in different and meaningful ways,” he says. “I’ve had many opportunities with a variety of internships and service learning.”
On campus, Dominic works as a marketing and promotions intern, coordinating various philanthropy events and sponsorship activities for UVM. He also enjoys being a member of the UVM Men’s club basketball team and serving as their social chair.
Carolyn Wolf (Social Work with minor in Global Studies '17) gained valuable experience through a variety of internships. At Mansfield Hall, she helped students with organization, support, and the focus needed to complete assignments. As an intern at Burlington Health and Rehab, she worked closely with medical professionals to design and plan continuity of care services.
Actively involved with various UVM clubs and organizations, Carolyn serves as the events and service chair of Alpha Phi Omega, as a student manager with the UVM Foundation where she leads student volunteers, and as a member of UVM's International Buddy Program.
Carolyn already knows what's in her future after graduation. “I plan to attend graduate school to get my Masters in Social Work. From there, I'm hoping to work with the elderly or veteran populations," she says.
Jade Russell (Social Work with minor in Global Studies '17) took a winding path with many changes of direction before finding a home in the Social Work program at UVM. “Everyone needs validation, and I’ve found one of the most inclusive, conscientious and nurturing communities,” she says.
Jade works as a residential counselor with Northern Lights in Burlington. She's also working as an intern for Vermont Works for Women, developing curriculum and co-facilitating skill building classes. As a Restorative Justice Panel volunteer, Jade collaborates with participants on making amends to victims and the community. Through Give Way to Freedom’s Rapid Response Support System, she provides help and support to victims of human trafficking. Some of her previous experience included hands-on projects for the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and Hunger Free Vermont.
On campus, Jade is actively involved with several organizations, including service on UVM’s Women of Color Coalition.
Green and Gold Scholarship recipient Jordan LaBonte (Early Childhood Special Education '17) is working on a student teaching internship with the Vermont Family Network. Previously she completed a practicum at the UVM Campus Children’s School, and two years of hands-on experience working with children and teachers at the Trinity Children’s Center.
Jordan is collaborating with her professors and peers to conduct an important research study titled: Community Spaces for Early Intervention: Barriers and Innovative Practices. “We are examining the provision of services to young children in community spaces other than the home and with caregivers who are not family members,” she explains.
Well on her way to reaching her goal to be a developmental educator or teacher, Jordan eventually wants to pursue a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology.
To learn more about how we prepare outstanding professionals and leaders who strengthen schools, families and communities, please visit www.uvm.edu/cess.