The Center’s Mission and Name
We chose the name Boerigter Center for Calling and Career (BCCC) in order to provide a flexible, invitational and inspirational identity for the new center. We hope the center's staff and programs appeal to students' desires to find meaningful work and a purpose-filled life.
The word calling is fairly common in today’s culture and is most often linked with finding one’s passion, meaning, purpose and fulfillment. The center will invite students to consider how they can use their gifts, talents and strengths to find meaning and purpose in their life and their work. For some of our students, this calling will be directly associated with their Christian faith and their desire to discover and explore God’s calling in their lives. But the center is not advocating a narrow or limiting interpretation of calling. Rather, the center will encourage and embrace a broad understanding of calling and vocation and will work with each student to help them discern, explore and refine their sense of calling.
We also know that students desire to use the skills they're developing and the content they're learning as they seek employment or post-graduate education. That’s why we paired the broad and expansive word calling with a more specific word, career.
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. We’ll help them through the cycle of discern, prepare and pursue by offering a developmental and individualized set of program offerings designed to help them explore, participate and reflect on a wide range of career-related experiences. They will participate in at least one assessment of their strengths, and may choose further one-on-one and group career coaching and exploratory advising sessions. Students may choose from an array of career exploration opportunities, both short and long term, from job shadowing to semester-long internships. The BCCC will prepare faculty academic advisors to talk with students about calling and career discernment in connection with choosing a major academic focus. The center will help build stronger, more connected alumni and employer networks to provide students with a more diverse array of mentors, coaches, advisors, panelists and interviewers.
The three offices integrated into the Boerigter Center
The Career Development Center at Hope has served students with career discernment and employment-skills development for more than four decades. Over the years, the staff has grown to seven members with job responsibilities that include one-on-one career counseling, individual interests and strengths assessments, internship coordination, curriculum integration, event planning and hosting with a wide range of employers, networking, and interview preparation.
Academic Advising at Hope supports students’:
- Discernment of strengths and interests, and the exploration of academic and professional goals
- Academic planning including class registration guidance, monitoring general education and academic major requirements, and encouraging well informed decision making
- Seeing the big picture and providing a context for learning through encouraging student engagement, helping identify the logic and relationships of the curriculum, and offering personal feedback and advice
Structurally, Academic Advising is integrated into the academic program through a First-Year Seminar model that includes the FYS instructor as a student’s first academic advisor. Students work with their FYS academic advisor until they declare a major and obtain a faculty member in that particular academic department.
In 1905 the first known Alumni Association constitution was created. Today, there are more than 33,000 graduates living, working, serving and leading in all 50 states and more than 80 countries. Alumni know that their relationships do not end at graduation. They, along with the families of our students, have proven generous with their time and advice to students and graduates. Through lifelong learning, volunteering, events, communications and career networking, relationships formed at Hope, and after, continue to change lives. Supporting these programs is a staff of 15 in the areas of Alumni and Family Engagement, Annual Giving, Communication, Development Services, and the Hope Academy of Senior Professionals. This team partners with colleagues in development and across campus and is the liaison to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, Parents' Council and Student Ambassadors.
The executive director of the Boerigter Center will have the exciting opportunity to help the college launch one of the most innovative and integrated programs in the college’s recent history. This new center has robust support and commitment from the college’s administrative leadership, the board of trustees, faculty and staff as well as parents, alumni, friends of the college and our employer network. Both a task force and a transition team have spent nearly 18 months preparing for this new center’s programming, and the college is poised to serve our students in more connected ways through a shared commitment of staff, programming and resources from three key areas of the college: the Career Development Center, Academic Advising, and Alumni and Family Engagement. The college is eager for the new executive director to help shape the programming and staffing for the coming years.
In addition to the three offices that are central to the goals and vision of the BCCC, many departments and offices around campus are eager to partner with the new center. Hope’s Center for Leadership, Center for Global Engagement, Campus Ministries and Center for Diversity and Inclusion will be eager partners for shared programming and experiential learning opportunities for our students. Hope may be creating a new Center for Teaching and Learning and a new academic learning commons in the coming one–two years, and when established, these will serve as valuable partners in this shared work of calling discernment and career preparation for students.