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New coordinator will link Dordt College students with community

A new staff position at Dordt College has been created to help link Dordt College students with area individuals, businesses, and community resources.

Corinne Huisman, who has been teaching primarily Spanish at Dordt College for many years, is the new community-based learning coordinator. She will seek out local enterprises that might enjoy or benefit from working with Dordt College students who are training for a particular vocation. She will develop, coordinate, and evaluate volunteer opportunities, service-learning possibilities, and vocational development programs.

Huisman also expects to develop a data resource bank of alumni, local community, regional, national, and international partners that will help students explore careers, set up internships, and participate in service-learning and volunteer programs. In addition she will coordinate career shadowing opportunities, community-based projects, graduate school/seminary visits, and ministry outreach programs.

The position is funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment Program for the Theological Exploration of Vocation. The purpose of this program is to help Dordt College students discover their calling to serve God by ministering to a hurting world.