Saint Joseph’s College has been awarded a $1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to enhance and expand opportunities for its graduates to find meaningful employment in Indiana. The grant is part of $62.7 million in funding the Endowment awarded to Indiana’s 39 accredited colleges and universities as part of its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations.
“This grant opens up exciting possibilities and increased opportunities for our students and graduates,” said SJC President Dr. F. Dennis Riegelnegg. “They will be better prepared to find jobs in Indiana that match their skill sets and degrees.”
The Endowment will support SJC’s “Connections, Collaborations, and Community: Preparing Tomorrow’s Graduates to Strengthen Indiana’s Economic Future” program, which features four comprehensive strategies.
Strategy 1: Core to Career Connection
Through faculty and staff development and alumni engagement, the College will improve the connections between the Core Program, academic majors, academic advising, and career development services to form graduates who are better prepared to meet the needs and expectations of Indiana employers in the 21st century.
Strategy 2: Academic Pathways and Collaborations
To facilitate academic pathways that foster Indiana employment opportunities, the College will partner with Ancilla College and Calumet College of St. Joseph to address the common needs of northwest Indiana students and residents, expand its online RN-to-BSN completion program, and explore additional health-related programs.
Strategy 3: Network for Indiana Community Engagement (NICE)
The College will create an internal engagement structure and strategic plan to establish new and expanded relationships statewide to increase experiential learning venues for students and improve employment opportunities for graduates.
Strategy 4: Technology Enhancements for Academic Programs and Career Services
The College will create a business technology center modeled after the College’s Education Learning Laboratory by transforming two traditional Evans Arts and Science Building classrooms into collaborative spaces, in addition to purchasing STEM laboratory equipment/instruments and new technology for career services.
“The Endowment has seen firsthand that colleges and universities have the ability and desire to help improve the job prospects of college graduates in Indiana, and we wanted to give them the resources to be even more strategic and ambitious,” said Sara B. Cobb, vice president for education at the Endowment.
Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.
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