CIC NetVUE Grant to Support Student Career Exploration

An Albion College student works with a faculty member at a computer station.December 20, 2013

Thanks to a recent NetVUE grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, students at Albion College will now have even more support and opportunities to explore their values and seek meaningful life work. Albion College has historically been successful in helping students find placements upon graduation. Over the past 16 years, 94% of Albion alumni have enrolled in graduate school, secured employment, or engaged in structured volunteer service within six months of graduation. However, getting into a top graduate school or landing that first full-time job is only part of the advantage of being an Albion graduate. “Helping students discover their personal vocation is the ultimate Albion Advantage,” said Interim President Mike Frandsen.

Albion is a founding member of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) and has received a program development grant of $50,000, one of only 36 grants awarded this year. This funding will improve student experiences with enhanced advising, greater faculty and staff training, and an incentive program for student exploration of and engagement in meaningful life work. Noting the importance of collaboration among all College constituencies for the success of the project, Provost Susan Conner observed, “Albion College has always transformed students’ lives, and the NetVUE grant provides resources to enhance programming to continue doing so for all of our students.”

The NetVue project leaders are John Woell, associate provost, and Jocelyn McWhirter, associate professor of religious studies.

A recent article in The New York Times reported that college students today tend to reflect on their own values and seek meaning when choosing a career, making these grant initiatives particularly timely. “Because of our historic commitments to career preparation and the liberal arts,” McWhirter said, “we at Albion College are positioned to channel students’ desire for meaning and purpose into relevant academic programs and job opportunities. We already do this quite well, so the NetVUE grant will help us do it even better.”