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Two things brought Emmanuel Iradukunda from Boise, Idaho, to Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois: soccer and an opportunity to grow his Christian faith. “One of my friends came down here to play soccer,” he says. “I started looking into the college, and I realized that it was a Christian school that taught the Christian faith.” A psychology major, Iradukunda says a critical piece of his education is an ACI General Scholarship, for which he is grateful.

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ACI Recruiting Mentors for College

Juniors and Seniors

ACI is recruiting business leaders to serve as career mentors to juniors and seniors attending one of ACI’s 26 member colleges and universities. Mentors and mentees in the program begin meeting Oct. 1 and conclude April 15, 2022.


This is the second year of ACI’s Career Mentoring Program, which the organization operates with its partner, Mentoring Complete. A virtual program, the mentoring program calls for biweekly meetings between mentors and mentees, for about one hour. Training is also provided to mentors. The goal is to help students translate classroom learning to the workplace and build networking, professional development and communication skills.


Registration is available online at Mentoring Complete’s website (click button below). For specific questions about the program, contact Mick Weltman, ACI executive director, at 312-263-2391, ext. 1, or by email at


Launched in 2020, ACI’s Career Mentoring Program is funded in part through a National Venture Fund grant from the Council of Independent Colleges, Washington, D.C.



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