IGNITE Program

“How do I prepare for my career – and who can help me get there?”

If you’ve asked this question, you’re not alone. In fact, it’s foremost on the minds of most students. Fortunately, a new program is available to help answer it: IGNITE, an advisory initiative that pairs students from the College of Business and College of Engineering with industry professionals to promote career development.

How it Works

IGNITE is all about Relationships. You will meet one-on-one a minimum of once a month with your industry advisor. These connections allow you to expand your network while developing critical skills.

Industry advisors provide insight into job choices, daily habits, networking skills, and more, offering practical guidance that may not happen in a traditional classroom.

Business Advisors

Industry partners working with our College of Business students represent nearly 40 companies:

More than 70% of our industry advisors are alumni of George Fox, and they represent a wide range of majors with degrees in mathematics, economics, psychology, political science, accounting, finance, mechanical engineering, management, and more.

Engineering Advisors

Advisors to our College of Engineering students work for some of the world’s most recognizable companies:

Advisors in the program hold degrees in all facets of engineering – including in the electrical, computer, civil, and mechanical disciplines – as well as computer science.

Your Role as a Student

Student partners who are selected to participate in the program must:

  • Be invested, engage and emotionally committed
  • Grow spiritually
  • Be involved on campus (intramurals, RA, drama, music, athletics, etc.)
  • Meet a minimum of once a month with your advisor
  • Commit to at least one year in the program

The Role of Industry Advisors

Our industry advisors are Christian men and women who hold a college degree, have significant career experience, and are active in their communities. They are committed to:

  • Meeting a minimum of once a month
  • Providing career guidance, job shadowing and networking opportunities
  • Clear and open communication
  • Participating at least one year in the program

Learn how to become an industry advisor

How Will I Benefit?

As a student partner in the program, you will:

  • Gain a new perspective regarding career opportunities
  • Have an outlet for career-prep questions
  • Develop professional positivity and work-related knowledge
  • Identify your skill gaps
  • Get the opportunity to ask questions
  • Develop connections
  • Make yourself available to new things

Upcoming Events

Stay tuned!
A student talking with a mentor


There are a limited number of opportunities for students to participate in the IGNITE program. Qualified junior and senior students are either nominated by professors or staff or can submit an application for review in the spring semester.


Neal Ninteman

Associate Professor of Civil Engineering