Dream your Dream Job: A Challenge Grant for Student Job Exploration

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Dream your Dream Job: A Challenge Grant for Student Job Exploration

Help Albion’s students find purpose in their learning, and plan for a meaningful life’s work.

Do you believe that an individual’s life work should reflect personal goals and values? Do you agree that work is a foundation for a meaningful life? Do you want to equip at-risk and underrepresented students to discover, practice and apply these principles throughout a lifetime?

If so, help the College reach its $10,000 goal by making a gift today!

Albion College has received a challenge grant of up to $35,000 from the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (CIC-NetVUE) program. 

NetVUE is a nationwide network of colleges and universities formed to enrich the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation among undergraduate students. NetVUE invited proposals to expand job exploration for students across all areas of study.

Albion received $25,000 outright and if we can raise $25,000 by September 1, 2020 we will receive an additional $10,000 from the CIC. This would provide $60,000 over the four years of our initiative.  

As of mid-August, the College has raised $15,000 of the $25,000 challenge. That leaves $10,000 to go!

The purpose of this grant program is to help strengthen the link between shaping a philosophy of life through a liberal arts education and ensuring postgraduate employment.

Albion’s winning grant will help students to explore their dream job—their future life’s work—while bolstering institutional goals for student support, diversity and inclusion. 

With full funding, we will

(1) support college and community diversity

(2) strengthen a culture of service and citizenship

(3) use these themes as the framework for students to reflect upon meaningful life work. 

We will expand and integrate two time-tested Albion programs:  

Smooth Transitions:

Serves students of color through mentorship and programming. The challenge grant will allow the College to expand this program beyond the first semester. We will provide opportunities for students of color, faculty and alumni to interact through mentorships, intentional reflections and service-learning. The overall goal is to support underrepresented student retention and success.


A professional exploration program for students, and for the faculty and staff who teach and support them. The challenge grant will expand this series of service opportunities, reflective conversations, motivational speakers, mentoring, internships, career exploration, and faculty-staff development. For students, we will diversify Pathfinder programming and expand its reach, by integrating civil and vocational dialogue, reflection, mentoring, and assessment more broadly across campus. For faculty and staff, we will provide training to help them support underrepresented students in exploring vocation.

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