FESA 334 - Orientation to Experiential Learning

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FESA 334 offers a demonstration of knowledge, skill, and professional experience for the purpose of enhancing documentation and career development skills. Experiential learning is an important component of the total career development for fire and emergency service (FESA) professionals. This course will help students develop an appreciation for the learning that occurs in the course of professional career activities and to demonstrate this learning through the development of personal learning objectives and career experience documentation.

This course can be applied toward:


Only students enrolled in the Fire and Emergency Services BS program will be allowed to register. This course cannot be used towards the Fire and Emergency Services Certificate. Certificate Students will not be allowed to register.

Important Information

Only students enrolled in the Fire and Emergency Services B.S. program are allowed to register. This course cannot be used towards the Fire and Emergency Services Administration Certificate. Certificate students will not be allowed to register.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    Amer. Psych. Assn.
    ISBN: 978-1433805615
  • Take Command of Your Writing (1998)
    Levy, Jill M.
    ISBN: 978-0965151610
  • The Gregg Reference Manual*, 11th Ed. (2011)
    Sabin, William
    ISBN: 978-0073397108

*Either the 10th or the 11th edition of the Gregg Reference Manual is acceptable for students who wish to purchase it.


Mary Sovick
Mary Sovick


Mary Sovick is the owner of Fireline Training & Consulting and developer of Ignite Your Writing training seminars. Mary is a retired firefighter from South Metro (Denver) Fire Department and an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy.

Mary is a member of the following professional organizations:

• IAFC Professional Development Committee (associate member)

• Colorado Fire Training Officers Association

• American Society of Training and Development

• National Fire Academy Alumni Association

Mary completed a master's degree in Education with a focus on Adult Education and Training from Colorado State University as well as a master's level certificate in technical communications from the University of Denver. Her professional services include presenting Ignite Your Writing seminars, teaching adult instruction workshops, speaking at regional and national conferences, providing program development services, editing various fire department projects and emergency operational plans, and consulting with fire departments for development and evaluation of written components of promotional exams and assessment centers. Mary has written extensively on the need to elevate writing standards and skills in the fire service.

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