Given the significant personal and academic growth that results from participating in experiential learning, we will support our students’ ability to articulate how their Trinity education prepared them for post-graduate opportunities. We will develop ways for students to demonstrate their accomplishments to employers and graduate programs through experiential transcripts, micro-credentials, e-portfolios, or other recognizable achievements.
Many Trinity students now benefit from alumni coaches who offer advice on building and polishing skills to ensure success after graduating, thanks to the 1869 Scholars Program, a new initiative developed by campus administrators.
The 1869 Scholars Program - a hat tip to the year Trinity was founded - matches students with alumni mentors to boost personal development and interviewing skills, with an added reflection component. All Scholars strive to improve their skills of effective communication and master a second area such as engaged citizenship, teamwork, problem solving and innovation, planning and organization, information literacy, digital literacy, or quantitative reasoning.
Program graduates are expected to articulate their experiences at Trinity in ways that make them stand out to graduate schools or employers. The program, first piloted by 30 pairs of students and alumni in summer 2016 and spring 2017, is designed to complement other campus activities such as leadership positions, internships, involvement in athletics, and more.
“This is what employers say they want,” says Jacob Tingle ’95, co-director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Success. “They want employees who are engaged citizens and who are innovative problem solvers. As an 1869 Scholar, Trinity graduates will not only be able to tell employers, ‘I’m a good problem solver,’ but also have an opportunity to explain and articulate how to solve a problem.”
The program will continue in the fall with 60 pairs of students and alumni. The NetVUE Foundation is helping to fund the program with a $33,000 grant.