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Clarke University earns grant to fund spirituality courses

By Clarke News  |  June 3, 2021

Clarke University recently received a grant from the Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation to fund spirituality micro courses as part of the CareerPLUS program. The new course will join a variety of other online offerings through CareerPLUS, increasing access to learners at Clarke University and the greater community.

The Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation awarded a grant of $8,350.00 to support the design of a third spirituality micro course, “The Christian Compass: Prayer and Action.” The course will explore foundational Catholic teachings on prayer as a relationship, identify models of growth in prayer, and correlate maturity in prayer with both transformed interpersonal relationships and contemplation in action. Learners can earn a virtual badge by pairing the course with “A Moral Compass: Catholic Social Teaching” and “An Inner Compass: Exploring Spirituality.” Earning a badge through CareerPLUS demonstrates advanced personal and professional learning and can be easily shared on resumes, social media, and elsewhere. The three courses that make up the spirituality badge are meant to serve those seeking a deeper sense of purpose in their life and would like to explore the role spirituality plays in their workplaces and communities.

“More than ever, people are searching for meaning and purpose in both their personal and professional lives. When it comes to religion and spirituality, many adults do not formally pursue continued education in learning about their faith or spirituality. Access to these spirituality micro courses through Clarke University’s CareerPLUS program will allow busy adults to explore their spirituality and reconnect with their deeper purpose,” said Liz Kruse, Director of Clarke’s Institute for Professional Excellence. “While it’s possible to take the micro courses individually as standalone courses, earning a spirituality badge offers an affordable and flexible, ‘bite-sized’ way to earn credit towards a degree from Clarke University.”

The Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation is a public grant-making organization that promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity. Since its formation in 1996, the foundation has awarded grants to nonprofit organizations where sisters are actively involved or is working to address issues of concern to the Sisters of Charity.

The Sisters of Charity Ministry Foundation joins donors like Iowa Workforce Development, local businesses, and individuals in supporting Clarke University and CareerPLUS.