Andrews College affords scholarships to assist with profession exploration

September 18, 2022 | Michigan, United States | Isabella Koh | Source: Andrews University and Adventist Review

Andrews University is among a group of institutions selected to receive the Professional Network in Undergraduate Education [Réseau pour la vocation dans l’enseignement supérieur] (NetVUE) “Academy Grant Vocation” [La vocation à travers la bourse universitaire] in 2022.

This grant is intended to help member colleges and universities strengthen the connection between the liberal arts and career preparation. To do so, faculty and students must participate in extensive academic and support programs that enhance the institution’s professional intelligence.
“Upon receiving the award, Andrews University will receive a grant of $18,550 to be used over a three-year period (July 2022 – June 2025),” said Emilee O’Dell, projects coordinator for NetVUE Professional Grants. through the Academy. “In addition, CIC will award an additional $18,550 upon receipt of $18,550 in matching funds raised from third-party sources and earmarked for use in support of this project. »

This opportunity is the result of a partnership with the Council of Independent Colleges [Conseil des universités indépendantes] (CIC). Through this collaboration and funding, Andrews University will deepen the intersection between the campus Religious Engagement Center, Undergraduate Education and Career Center by developing a program called “Going to Career.” [Se lancer dans la vocation] (GOV). GOV will work in collaboration with faculty and staff to create an institutional definition of the profession. The program will identify and share best practices in career choice with all schools and departments of the university to foster an institutional culture that reflects this understanding of vocation and calling.

GOV also aims to build a vocational exploration teaching experience that will be incorporated into the curriculum, beginning with the redesign of the 100-level undergraduate general education course, God and Human Life, taught by Department of Education Chair Rodney Palmer. Languages ​​of religion and the Bible. This redesigned course will enable students to understand the concept of vocation and vocation from a Christian and theological perspective.

The course will also assist students in their process of self-discovery by deeply analyzing how their personal histories, spiritual gifts, talents, and strengths relate to their lives, studies, intended vocations, and careers. These goals will be assessed by completing the Spiritual Gifts Inventory, the Strong Interests Inventory, and a service-learning activity.

The program will also allow students to focus on professional distinction and career preparation through National Association of Colleges and Employers skills. [Association nationale des universités et des employeurs] (NACE). Career Services Counselor Joydel Trail leads the process, guiding students through tools and support services to help them discern God’s calling on their lives.

In addition to career exploration, the Career Center will support students through networking, mentoring, internships, internships, scholarships and community outreach across all academic disciplines. Faculty, staff, and alumni will have the opportunity to serve as on-campus supervisors and micro-internship supervisors or to be primary mentoring sources for participating students. Supervisors and students will be formally oriented to the program and its expectations at the beginning of each cohort year. Thus, students and graduates will be better equipped when it comes to career preparation.

Andrews University has a long history of promoting the biblical philosophy that all work should be done for God. GOV will teach students that all abilities are gifts from God and should be used in His service. Led by university chaplain José Bourget, the Faith Center team will coordinate worship and worship services, leadership development, coaching, service projects, student missions, and practical opportunities to explore God’s calling on students’ lives.

NetVUE serves more than 680 independent colleges and universities, including liberal arts institutions, comprehensive institutions, four-year institutions, two-year institutions and international institutions. Dean Christon Arthur is leading a team to build GOV on campus starting this summer.

“My colleagues and I welcome the opportunity to expand our student-focused initiatives that advance the university’s mission, and we are grateful to be able to partner with CIC again,” said Arthur. “The NetVUE grant will allow our university to continue student-centered experiential learning, particularly through the Career Center. »

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