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Academic Services and Campus Life

University Opportunities for Students

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Student Academic Support Services

CSULB believes that ALL students are capable of achieving academic success and thus provides a broad range of educational and student support services to assist them in their academic endeavors. Faculty and professional staff from all areas of the university work together to assist students in reaching their academic potential. The following programs compliment and support classroom instruction.

Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is located in Brotman Hall, Room 250. For information, call (562) 985-4151, log onto http://careers.csulb.edu, or stop by the office.

The Career Development Center provides resources and strategies for choosing a college major, developing career plans, finding internships and full-time jobs and making successful career transitions. Career decision-making facilitates a student’s definition of his/her personal career goals and objectives based on an understanding of one’s self and the world of work. The Center provides students with the most current career data and information delivery systems.

Career Planning, Selecting a Major, and Job Search

Career counselors assist students in exploring career and academic major options and in developing effective job seeking skills through one-to-one counseling and workshops. Counselors also provide assistance with résumé writing, interviewing techniques, job search techniques and other facets of the job search process including such topics as networking, accepting or rejecting a job offer, and negotiating a salary.

Once a student has carefully assessed his/her interests, skills, and values, the next step is to discover what professions might best suit them—that is, what major might lead to their desired career path. Career exploration does not entail making one, unalterable decision, but is instead a process that will open up several possible pathways. The Career Development Center provides individual counseling sessions designed to assist students along every step of the career planning process.? Additionally, our Career Resource Library contains information about hundreds of career-related topics including choosing a major, internships, résumé writing, job market trends, international jobs, interviewing, job search, employers, and graduate school.
The Career Development Center receives thousands of job listings every year for positions relating to majors in the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Arts. BeachLINK provides users with the ability to search and apply for full-time and part-time jobs, internships and on-campus interview opportunities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Center also offers the On-Campus Interview Program for graduating seniors and graduate students. Through the OCI program, employers visit the campus each year to conduct interviews. The employment opportunities in this program are generally in the areas of accounting, banking, computer science, engineering, finance, government, general management training, insurance, retail management, sales, and marketing.

Career fairs provide excellent opportunities for students to meet representatives from the companies in their industries of choice and establish a network of contacts. Career Counselors help students research the employers beforehand and provide tips so they are prepared to engage recruiters effectively.

Internship Program

A College degree will give you a foundation of knowledge for tomorrow’s work environment, but how do you successfully apply that knowledge? An Internship not only provides the opportunity for practical application of knowledge, but also allows you to develop self-awareness of your strengths, weaknesses, maturity, professionalism, values and ethics.

Internships provide a bridge between classroom learning and practical, real-world experience. An internship is a period of guided work in an employment field, often related to your major, career interest, or chosen career goals. An internship is a partnership between students, employers, and educators. Internships may take place in varied settings, including large corporation, small businesses, community service agencies, and others.

The Career Development Center serves as a resource for students seeking general internship information and advising and maintains an updated listing of internships that have been approved for academic credit. You may access these listings on BeackLink, CSULB’s on-line job and internship posting board, via the Career Development Center Web site at http://careers.csulb.edu. Internships are available in the local area, across the country, and in various international locales.

The Career Development Center Internship Program requires all participating students to enroll in an internship course for academic credit. These internship courses can be a valuable addition to your academic course work, by combining your internship placement with academic reflection on your experiences guided by experienced faculty. The following internship courses are available to students for elective credit (please be sure to check with your college or department for specific enrollment requirement):

  • College of Business Administration: CBA 492
  • College of Education: EDP 492 (open to all majors)
  • College of Arts: FEA 492

In addition to the Career Development Center Internship Program, many academic departments offer internship courses. Students are encouraged to contact their undergraduate advisor and/or internship advisor from the department for more information.

The Internship Program Office is located in Brotman Hall 250. Call (562) 985-8463 or e-mail interns@careers.csulb.edu for further information.

Careers and Disabilities

Careers and Disabilities is a Career Development Center program designed to help students with disabilities meet the challenges of career planning and job placement. A student with a visual, hearing or speech impairment, a learning disability or limited mobility can learn strategies in this program that will help build bridges to meaningful employment. For information about Careers and Disabilities, call (562) 985-8468.

Center for Community Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is located in the Academic Services Building (East Library). For information call (562) 985-7131, log onto www.csulb.edu/cce or stop by the office.

The CCE plays a critical role in helping CSULB achieve its Mission and Envisioned Future to be an outstanding teaching-intensive, research-driven university that emphasizes student engagement, scholarly and creative achievement, civic participation, and global perspectives. The CCE facilitates connections between the university and the community with community-based internships, service-learning, community-based research, and engagement initiatives to enrich campus-community experiences and strengthen community capacity. The mission of the CCE is to engage the university and community in creating a just and civil society where every member functions as an agent of social change. The CCE achieves this by serving as a facilitative partner and resource for faculty & staff, students, and community members in strengthening community capacity, building social and political capital, enriching the educational experience of students, and facilitating shared community-based research through the coordination of civic engagement, effective service learning, and community collaborations.

The CCE implements its mission through partnerships with three Alliances focusing on education, community, and students. These partnerships revolve around three key areas: Community Service Learning, Community-Based Research, and Engagement Initiatives.

Disabled Student Services

Disabled Student Services (DSS) is located in Brotman Hall 270. Call (562) 985-5401 or visit www.csulb.edu/dss for information.

DSS provides appropriate services and accommodations for students with disabilities, including registration assistance, note-taking, sign-language interpreting, reading, test proctoring, academic advising and scholarship information.

The High Tech Center (HTC) provides computer support services for students with disabilities and maintains a consultant relationship with faculty and staff. The HTC staff can provide one-on-one training and small group demonstration sessions for students, faculty and staff members to develop their knowledge about and skills in the use of adaptive technology and access devices. For students who have a print disability, the HTC staff will assist the student in acquiring accessible instructional materials in a format the student can use - for example, Braille, electronic text, or large print. Students who are required to take compulsory exams such as the writing proficiency exam, ELM/EPT, GRE, MSAT, LSAT, etcetera, and need accommodations for taking the exam, can arrange their accommodations at the HTC in LA 5 - 173. The Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program provides support services for students with learning disabilities. Graduate counselors within the program provide disability related support services for the academic and personal needs of students identified with learning disabilities. Staff, trained in the assessment for learning disabilities, are available to provide prospective students testing and evaluation for specific learning disabilities. The WorkAbility IV Program, in conjunction with the Career Development Center, provides career planning, placement and job search assistance. Call (562) 985-8038 for more information.

Clients of the Department of Rehabilitation may call DSS to verify the receipt of authorization for tution and parking payment at this office. DSS also assists with parking for the disabled.

It is recommended that students with disabilities attempt to modify their schedules, as necessary, to lessen the impact of a disability. Students with disabilities, however, may request to enroll in a unit load commensurate with their ability. Reduced unit load is defined as less than 12 units for undergraduates and less than 8 units for graduates. Such requests must be made to DSS prior to each semester affected. If approved, the student will be entitled to all benefits, services and activities governed by the University accorded to full-time students. Eligibility for benefits, services and activities outside the University’s control will be governed by each separate external agency based upon actual unit load.

Educational Equity Services

The Office of Educational Equity Services (EES) assists in the admission and retention of first generation college students and academically and economically disadvantaged students some of whom might not otherwise be enrolled in the University. Programs currently under EES include the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), and the federally sponsored TRIO programs, Educational Opportunity Center, Educational Information Services/Talent Search, Student Support Services Program, McNair Scholars Program and Upward Bound.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

The CAMP office is located at Liberal Arts 3 Room 202 and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. The telephone number is (562) 985-2006 or FAX (562) 985-2003.

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is designed to serve students who themselves or whose immediate family are migrant or seasonal farm workers. Work may include production, transportation or packaging of crops, dairy products, poultry, livestock, cultivation or harvesting of trees (nurseries), or fish farming. The goal of CAMP is to provide outreach and recruitment services to eligible students by assisting them in completing their admissions and financial aid applications. Also offered are parent workshops on motivating their children to enroll in and graduate from college.

The ultimate aim of CAMP is to provide migrant students with the necessary support services to help them transition easily during the first year in college. The project provides a student-centered array of academic and personal support services geared toward enhancing each student’s learning opportunities and quality of life. Also provided are tutoring, academic-skill building instruction; peer and faculty/staff mentoring; assistance with registration; a grant if eligible; exposure to cultural events; and academic programs not usually available to migrant youth.

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center is located at the Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic Avenue 2nd Floor, Long Beach California 90807 (cross streets Atlantic Avenue and East Wardlow Road). Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. The telephone number is (562) 570-3710 and fax (562) 570-3713.

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program designed to identify and assist low income, first-generation adult participants who want to enter, re-enter or continue in a program of postsecondary education. Adults enrolled or interested in enrolling in a high school diploma or GED program are encouraged to seek services.

The mission of the EOC is to assist program participants reach their educational and career goals by providing quality information, advisement and services. EOC provides free services to individuals who meet the program criteria.

Participants are required to be at least 19 years old; a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; reside in one of the target communities: Artesia, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Long Beach, Lynwood, Norwalk, Paramount, Willowbrook and Wilmington; attend school or receive services from a site in the target area, and have a need for one or more of the program services.

The EOC provides academic advisement, career advisement, financial aid information, postsecondary advisement, assistance in completing college admissions, testing and financial aid applications. The program also conducts college admission and financial aid workshops.

Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search is a federally funded program housed at California State University, Long Beach. Its purpose is to identify, select, and assist low-income, first-generation individuals between the ages of 12 to 27 to continue in and graduate from secondary school and enroll in a postsecondary educational program. Services offered include postsecondary admission and application assistance, financial aid information and application assistance, academic advising, career exploration and planning, cultural and college field trips.

McNAIR Scholars Program

The McNAIR Scholars Program provides academic support services, research opportunities and involvement in scholarly activities for 25 low-income, first-generation college students to increase their likelihood of enrollment and success in doctoral programs. The program consists of the Summer Research Internship, which concentrates on a research project to be conducted by the McNAIR Scholar with the guidance of his/her faculty mentor, and the Academic Year Scholarly Experience to provide continuation of the summer research project; academic support and assistance in seeking admission to graduate programs; and assistance in obtaining graduate financial aid. The Scholars’ papers are collected in a publication, the CSULB McNAIR Journal.

Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program provides an intensive six-week residential summer experience for selected first-time freshmen EOP students entering for the fall semester. The program provides English and mathematics instruction, tutoring, orientation to the campus, study skills workshops and enrichment activities to prepare students for the challenges of college. Participants are required to reside in campus housing for the full six weeks and must successfully complete the program to enroll at the university.

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded college preparatory program designed to assist first generation, low-income high school students who have the potential to pursue postsecondary education. The goal is to assist participants in their efforts to complete high school successfully and obtain a college education.

The program provides summer and weekend academic instruction, tutoring, academic, personal and career counseling, cultural activities and college application and admissions assistance.