Olivet, MI Olivet College has received a $150,000 King-Chavez-Parks Initiative Grant from the State of Michigan Department of Career Developments Select Student Support Services (4-S) Program. Olivet will use the grant money to fund the colleges new Integrated Career Development Plan.
The plan will provide services for 300 students who need assistance in identifying career interest and personal values that can be developed into a career choice.
Assisting students will build early connections with others in their career field will help students stay focused and achieve their long-term goals, said Jane Rhodes, director of Olivets Career Services Network. The intention of the program is to diminish student dropout rates through integrated career mentoring.
We want to embrace at-risk students, said Rhodes. Our goal is to assist them getting focused on their careers. The plan includes funding for 25 student career mentors who will be trained to assist their peers in exploring possible career paths.
The 4-S competitive grant program provides seed money to support the initiation of pilot retention efforts that aim to increase the retention and graduation rates of academically and economically disadvantaged undergraduate students.