Boerigter Center for Calling and Career
Launching in fall 2018, the Boerigter Center for Calling and Career will serve all students from their first semester at Hope through their graduation and beyond.
Boerigter Center programming will enable every student to graduate with:
- A rich understanding of their strengths
- Experiences in and outside the classroom directly connected to career preparation
- An affirmed aspiration for an eventual career with clear, immediate next steps
- A thoughtful understanding of vocational and life goals
The principal goal of the Boerigter Center is to teach students how to engage in lifelong practices of career development by emphasizing discernment, preparation and pursuit. Our vision for an integrative and imaginative approach within the Boerigter Center emerges from a desire for each student to practice this process many times during their time at Hope:
- Discern: Identify strengths and interests, absorb the liberal arts and deepen sense of vocation and core character.
- Prepare: Explore paths, expand intellect, develop skills and extend perspectives through experiences on campus and around the world.
- Pursue: Strategize for life after college, activate networks and achieve next steps.
In order to help our students navigate that process in meaningful ways, we are working on an organizational model for the new center that encompasses three domains:
- Individual: Inspiring students to understand their own gifts and passions
- Vocational discernment
- Post-graduate preparation
- Institutional: Enabling students to mature in their intellectual and practical understanding of
their field of interest
- Academic passion and intellectual growth
- Experiential learning
- World: Helping students build networks beyond Hope that affirm their desired path and connect
them to those who can help them achieve their post-Hope aspirations
- Alumni, family, employer and community networking
We will accomplish this by renaming and re-imagining the efforts of our Career Development Center, intersecting advising, experiential learning, alumni engagement and career into a single entity. Students will benefit from a deeper level of engagement with our extensive network of alumni for mentoring, employment connections (including DiscoverWork and internships) and advice and encouragement from alums.
- George and Sibilla Boerigter
This new center is made possible by a major gift from SoundOff Signal in honor of Founder and Chairman George Boerigter ’61 and his wife, Sibilla.
With wise leadership and judicious use of the Boerigter gift both to launch the Boerigter Center and to leverage additional funding, we believe Hope College can become recognized as a national leader, especially among Christian liberal arts colleges, for having achieved a broadly integrated program of career and life preparation for its students.
Interim Director Karen Nordell Pearson
DeWitt Floor 2
141 East 12th Street
Holland, MI 49423