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  • May 21, 2020

    Council on Independent Colleges Grant Expands Manresa Program and Vocational Discernment Efforts

    Le Moyne College is the recipient of a NetVUE “Vocation across the Academy Grant” from the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) that will serve to expand the Manresa Program, the College’s hallmark vocational discernment initiative. As a recipient of the award, Le Moyne will receive a $25,000 grant for use from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023 that will integrate vocational exploration and discernment into Le Moyne faculty, administrator and staff’s work with students. If the College raises $25,000 from other sources to support the project, CIC will award an additional $25,000.

    NetVUE initially supported the creation of the Manresa Program at Le Moyne, which has become a key pillar of the College’s strategic plan. Since it was launched in 2015, more than 750 students have participated in the program.  The current grant will support “Vocational Companions” which is a natural expansion of the Manresa Program. It will dramatically increase the number of students impacted by vocational discernment opportunities by supporting faculty, administrators and staff in developing tools to contribute to this discernment.

    “Thanks to the incredible support of NetVUE, the Manresa Program has served to differentiate Le Moyne for prospective students by offering discernment opportunities in line with our Catholic and Jesuit mission and ideals,” said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. “Vocational Companions will provide our community with a more unified approach to supporting students' vocational discernment and career readiness efforts. It will encourage dynamic conversations and promote connectedness across our campus, types of engagement that are now more essential to higher education than ever before.”

    Over the grant period, the funds will support nearly 50 faculty, administrators and staff to become Vocational Companions and the development of vocational discernment and career readiness materials. These efforts will create a richer campus culture, while expanding the work of faculty, administrators and staff in engaging students in vocational exploration and discernment activities.

    Dr. Steven Affeldt and RJ Rapzoa will serve as co-directors of the program, supported by an interdisciplinary team of professionals from across campus. 

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