The informal heart of what we do is to help students Explore, Experience, Reflect and Become...and then do it all again!
The Lougheed Center for Applied Learning is the first integrated academic opportunity center of its kind in SUNY. Our formal mission is to provide coordinated experiential learning opportunities that broaden and integrate students' knowledge and skills, to foster self discovery for engaged and life-long academic, personal, and career success.
The Lougheed Center for Applied Learning (LoCAL) is named for Donald (Hon. ’54) and Kathryn Kofoed Lougheed ’54, who have pledged $5.25 million to support applied learning initiatives at SUNY Potsdam.
Morgan Ose '19
Morgan Ose '19 spent the Fall semester of her junior year studying abroad in Ireland, but unlike many programs where students study abroad at a university, Ose had the ultimate applied learning experience by interning at a professional dance theatre in Dublin.
As one of 21 students working on independent research projects through the Presidential Scholars Program this year, Alexis Michael ’18 took aim at an experiment that could change archaeologists’ theories about when Indigenous populations first used the bow and arrow in Eastern North America.
Hands-on Law Enforcement Training
The Law Enforcement Training Institute launched in the spring of 2017, giving students hands-on training in defensive tactics, fingerprinting, processing of crime scenes and overseeing field sobriety tests in a controlled environment.
The Jamaica Field Service Project is a 10-day international service learning experience focused on the diverse people, society, culture, and music of the Caribbean and West Indies.
Stanley Martinez '19 spent his summer completing an eight-week-long internship at Double H Ranch, a camp that provides specialized programs for children dealing with life-threatening illnesses.
“I created promos for all forms of social media, as well as broadcasted “on air” through contributions to the morning show, as a radio personality. These tasks enhanced my creative energy, as I provided valuable insight, and most importantly built relationships and made connections.”
~Christopher Russo '19 Testimonial: Galaxy Media Internship in Spring 2019