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The Edge Program

The Edge Program gives you a guide to exciting new experiences that compliment your classroom learning. You can get an “edge” in five different areas: Academic Drive, Arts Exploration, Career Preparation, Global Trek and Living Leadership.

As you participate in different experiences, they can be tracked using the ChapLife system (the online home of Student Life at COD). You can work towards completing all experiences in one Edge, a little from each Edge or create your own path!

ArtsArts Exploration

Arts Exploration is designed for students interested in finding out about performances, artists, and ways to be creative at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC). The arts provide an outlet for expression, captures passion, and allows exploration new ideas and cultures.

  • See world-class artists
  • Get involved by performing and/or taking classes
  • Create relationships with arts faculty and MAC staff
  • Volunteer
  • Help spread the news of what is happening at the MAC

AcademicAcademic Drive

Academic Drive is designed to develop the skills necessary for lifelong learning through a wide range of learning opportunities across campus. Academic success isn't limited to what happens in the classroom.

  • attend academic lectures and seminars
  • work with faculty and staff to set and meet educational goals
  • publish academic work
  • participate in campus workshops and webinars

GlobalGlobal Trek

Global Trek is designed for students interested in exploring other cultures and environments, either on campus or by traveling domestically or abroad. We believe in and respect diversity in ideas, thoughts, cultures and people and will encourage you on your path to heightened social consciousness and global citizenry.

  • Discover ways to increase your global knowledge
  • Join a globally-focused club
  • Learn from professionals how your career field is influenced/influences globally
  • Participate in global events, service learning projects, and engage with international students
  • Earn college credit while travelling domestically or abroad

LeadershipLiving Leadership

Living Leadership is designed for students interested in building their leadership skills and confidence while actively participating in our vibrant campus community. We believe everyone has the potential to be a leader, and everyone can make a positive impact in their community.

  • Discover your talents through leadership workshops
  • Experience dynamic guest speakers
  • Participate in retreats & conferences
  • Create a personal leadership portfolio
  • Make a difference on campus, in the local community, and beyond

CareerCareer Preparation

Career Preparation is designed to assist students in preparing for the work force. Discover your career path and begin developing skills to market yourself confidently.

  • Assess interests, skills, values and needs to prepare for marketable careers
  • Write resumes and other job search documents
  • Gain business and industry contacts
  • Develop strategies for successful transition into new employment


Contact Information

Office of Student Life
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1200
(630) 942-2243