About the IPE
Expansion of the IPE Mission
The Institute for Professional Engagement (IPE) was created in 2007 and focused on providing student internships with non-profit organizations and funding career-oriented excursions through a formal grant process. See IPE History.
In August of 2011, Sherry Harward was hired as the full-time director to expand the mission of the IPE to include and expand upon the originally elements identified in the mission of the IPE.
Development of a scalable program structure to enable all UVU students to actively participate in career exploration, selection and preparation activities was the focus of the IPE in 2011-2012. CareerPassport, the resulting program, was piloted during 2012 and the full program was opened to all students beginning fall semester, 2013.
The CareerPassport Program assists students in actively engaging in career exploration, selection and preparation while working towards a degree at Utah Valley University and focuses on the following areas:
- Developing informed career decisions, knowledge, and skills
- Developing professional career tools and resources
- Participation in hands-on, relevant professional experiences including career excursions, job shadowing, internships
- Building meaningful mentoring relationships
- Developing professional career network connections
- Taking personal ownership of the career development process
CareerPassport is a voluntary, non-graded, non-credit, self-paced program that assists students in focusing on learning and applying classroom and career preparation principles versus grade attainment and "checking off" graduation requirements. The program enhances classroom learning and provides a direct connection and relevance from classroom to career. Students work toward career-related incentives instead of grades while they learn the process of taking personal ownership of their own career development process.
Levels of Participation
Students may engage in three levels of participation: the CareerPassport Club, Track Activities, and the Engaged Learning University Distinction or ELUD through the Professional Engagement Track. The three participation levels accommodates students differing time and commitment levels but encourage all to be more actively engaged in their career development process throughout their entire college experience rather than waiting until they are ready to graduate to begin the process.
The CareerPassport Program utilizes six career developmental stages within the track activities and ELUD levels:
- College Preparation
- Career Exploration
- Career Preparation
- Career Readiness
- Life Preparation
Program elements include career-related activities, reflection assignments, the creation of career e-portfolios, one-on-one career mentoring, professional networking activities, and job shadowing experiences, career excursions and internships. The program also provides several monthly career-related events such as the CareerPassport Lecture Series, Career "Hot Topic" Discussion Groups, and other workshops. Student may achieve certification status upon completion of track requirements and/or a diploma distinction in professional competency. Students participating in the ELUD are required to take SLSS 1400, a one credit course that focuses on the principles of engagement. All other participants are encouraged to take the course as well.