There are a variety of funding opportunities available to faculty as a result of the 5 year Focus Indiana Lilly Grant. These opportunities are all focused on helping our students gain the professional and soft skills necessary to be successful in the internship and job search process as well as in the workplace.
Career Skills Certificates
Stipend and operational funding is available for the creation of certificate programs that will help students develop professional, career, soft-skill, or industry-specific skills that will increase their chances for competitive employment. Current skill certificates are being administered or created in the areas of team facilitation, leadership, workplace professional skills, sustainability, and wellness peer education. Certificate curricula can be built around an existing course, a series of workshop modules, and/or modules available in Sycamore eLearning. For more information, please contact Darby Scism, Director, Career Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposal for Career Skills Certificates
Proposal for Career Skills Certificates Routing Form
Faculty-Led Employer Field Trip
These are one or multiple day field trips that connect students with Indiana employers in the employer's work setting. The purpose of these trips is to let students have first-hand experience in a professional setting. Faculty members are invited to apply for up to $1500 to support such an experience. This grant does not support student conference travel. For more information please contact Teresa Dwyer, Assistant Director of Employer Relations, Teresa.email@example.com.
Focus Indiana Employer Field Trip Routing Form and Application
Foundational Studies Professional and Soft Skill Development Mini-Grant Program
The Center for Community Engagement, Foundational Studies Program, and College of Arts and Sciences are pleased to announce a mini-grant program to support development of foundational studies curriculum that helps students develop the soft skills commonly sought by employers. The purpose of this mini-grant program is to develop and expand high-impact practices that help students connect their liberal arts education with the demands of the 21st century workplace. This program provides financial assistance to regular faculty who are prepared to develop and implement such a project into a foundational studies course.
For more information: http://www.indstate.edu/publicservice/fundingAwards/default.aspx or contact Linda Behrendt, Faculty Fellow, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Certification Assistance
Please encourage your students to apply for partial reimbursement for elective professional and industry-related certifications. This program reimburses students for a portion of their certification exam or application fees. The program does not cover licensure or exam fees that are required by an industry or that would be expected as part of employment in that industry (i.e. nursing licensure or teaching licensure). This grant does not support student conference travel.
For more information: http://indstate.edu/career-center/students/certificates/proCertificationAssistance.aspx