The Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) recently awarded Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina with a $41,000 program development grant.
Administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., the grant funds will be used for two years, starting in the fall, for the school to establish what role vocation plays in their students' education and how the college can best help students discover their talents and how to use those outside of college.
Specifically, the grant will pay to create staff and faculty retreats used to create a mission statement for the college's treatment of vocation; improving the school's first-year seminar with a focus on vocation; revitalizing the college's Sophomore SKILLS conference; and creating a mentor program with older students mentoring younger ones.
“I often tell students that one of my greatest hopes for them is that they will find the place where their skills and passions meet, because that is where they will find a sense of purpose and direction,” Tracy Parkinson, provost of Coker College, said. “This has always been central to what we do at Coker, and this grant will allow us to develop ways to do it even more effectively. I am very grateful to the Council of Independent Colleges and the Lilly Endowment for their support of Coker College.”