The Class: Launching Vocation, Leadership, and Service

COLS 2000 is a one hour credit class that consists of discovering one’s vocation, developing leadership skills, and promoting service.

This class is open to sophomores and juniors, and seniors depending upon availability.

Why enroll?

Launch provides more to you than an occasional meeting with your advisor or stopping by career programs. Rather, you will have a semester of consistent mentorship with your two instructors. The Launch initiative takes vocational discernment to that next step.

This course is designed to facilitate a successful vocational and social transition from college to life after college. The primary goal for this course is to help students establish a foundation for exploring, examining, and understanding how their academic major and objectives for life after graduation align with the PC mission to prepare students “for a lifetime of personal and vocational fulfillment and responsible contribution to our democratic society and the world community.”

To accomplish this goal, students will complete a variety of exercises and assignments designed to a) deepen their awareness of their own strengths, skills, and interests; and b) define and develop skills helpful for achieving short-term and long-term goals.  This course will also address personal/social skills essential to success in the workplace, graduate school, and roles of leadership and community service.

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Articulate their career and life goals and how they relate to vocation, leadership and service.
  • Set specific vocation/career and academic goals, including a time line, for their college experience.
  • Recognize their personal strengths and weaknesses based on self-reflection and feedback from career/personality/values inventories.
  • Use knowledge about their strengths and weaknesses to determine which majors and/or career paths would best lead to a satisfying, productive, and fulfilling life work.
  • Evaluate vocational, volunteer, and educational options to make informed decisions relating to career and life goals.
  • Understand the application process for jobs, scholarships, volunteer opportunities, and graduate school and navigate websites and online resources to locate such opportunities.
  • Demonstrate effective writing and speaking skills appropriate for career/scholarship/graduate school applications and interviews.
  • Compose an organized, effective resume for career/scholarship/graduate school applications.