Beloit College is a clear leader in connecting a liberal arts education with faculty-led mentoring and career preparation throughout the entire student experience.
Impact Beloit brings together the college’s community-based learning (CBL) and career-readiness capabilities to develop the next generation of leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, and activists — contributing to the well-being of the City of Beloit.
Through Impact Beloit, students will build practical professional skills to increase their career readiness and discover career pathways tied to their professional passions. As a result of Impact Beloit, more students will get internships during college and secure good jobs after graduation.
What is Impact Beloit?
Impact Beloit is a suite of programs that makes it easier for:
- Students to discover all of the college’s CBL and career-readiness capabilities
- The Beloit Community to access the college to help them do what they do better
- Faculty and staff to incorporate CBL into their classrooms
- Alumni will contribute in a variety of ways to support the program.
The college received a $9 million Neighborhood Investment Fund Program Grant from the State of Wisconsin and is contributing an additional $1 million for Impact Beloit programming. Impact Beloit programming will begin as early as January 2023.
Building on what we do well
Some of the college’s existing programs will come under the Impact Beloit umbrella. These include:
- Duffy Community Partnerships - Students learn to have both a macro and micro understanding of how community institutions interact within society through on-site experiences where they develop professional competencies.
- Executives in Residence - Successful Beloit graduates with significant experience in the for-profit, professional world who return to campus to share their experience with students, faculty, and staff.
Impact Beloit will also work closely with other programs on campus that contribute to career readiness and career pathway illumination, including:
New opportunities for students and neighbors
Impact Beloit will also develop new opportunities:
- Certificates and Credentials: concrete skill-building instruction that gives students the best of both the liberal arts and experiential learning and vocational skills.
- Co-op Opportunities: meeting the market demands of both students and employers allows students to take on more robust internships (and get more out of them), open up more job opportunities, and, likely, hit the ground running on their first job.
A place for success
The Col. Robert Morse Library is being renovated thanks to a Neighborhood Investment Fund Program Grant from the State of Wisconsin and will house Impact Beloit and the college’s career readiness and career pathways programs.
When he visited the college to award the grant, Gov. Tony Evers cited the college’s “long history of educating citizens of the world. If we want to see our state’s families, communities, and economy succeed for years to come, we need to make investments that spur community outreach and economic development. There’s no better place to make that investment than at Beloit College.”
Built with the community in mind
Beloit College would like to thank the Community Design Team members who helped inform how Impact Beloit could have the greatest impact for our local community. Team members represent Beloit International Film Festival, Community Action, Family Promise of Greater Beloit, Hendricks CareerTek, Kerry Group, Stateline Boys and Girls Clubs, and Todd Elementary.
There will be opportunities for the campus community, Beloit College alumni, and community members to engage with and provide feedback to the Impact Beloit program as it develops. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.