IGNITE - Freshmen Employment Program

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IGNITE Program Leadership

Craig Gosnell Headshot

Craig Gosnell

Assistant Director of Programs and Engagement

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Colleen Houghton

Colleen Houghton

Membership Services Coordinator

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Jordan Bowman - Final

Jordan Bowman

Coordinator of Facilities and Operations

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What is the IGNITE Program?

The IGNITE program provides first-semester Freshmen with an experiential learning opportunity through a paid employment position on UTC's campus. IGNITE is a great opportunity for first-year students to create friendships, build hard and soft skills, and become future leaders in our community. The program starts during the Fall semester and provides an on-campus employment opportunity to assist first-year students in developing and strengthening their career readiness and occupational well-being.

How do I apply to the IGNITE program?

IGNITE Application

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, August 31st

Interview Dates: 
Tuesday, September 5th - Monday, September 11th

What are the IGNITE program requirements?

  • Current UTC degree-seeking student with freshman class standing (defined as having fewer than 30 completed college credits).
  • Maintain a minimum enrollment of 12 undergraduate credits per semester.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0+ GPA.
  • Be passionate about the IGNITE program and the development of their career readiness.
  • Successfully pass a background check.
  • Attend ALL mandatory training sessions. See below for dates and times. 

Important IGNITE Dates:

IGNITE participants are required to attend training and career development sessions on Fridays from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. during the Fall and Spring semesters.  Participants are paid their hourly rate to attend each of these training sessions.

Orientation Day

Orientation Day - Saturday, October 7th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch included!

CPR - First Aid - Blood Borne Pathogens

CPR/FA/BBP Day - Saturday, October 14th, from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Training Session # 1

Training Session # 1 - Friday, October 20th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 2

Training Session # 2 - November 3rd, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 3

Training Session # 3 - November 17th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Holiday Social and Guest Speaker

Annual holiday social and networking with IGNITE alumni on December 1st, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  Food provided!

Training Session # 4

Training Session # 4 - January 12th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 5

Training Session # 5 - January 26th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 6

Training Session # 6 - February 9th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 7

Training Session # 7 - February 23rd, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 8

Training Session # 8 - March 8th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 9

Training Session # 9 - March 22nd, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Training Session # 10

Training Session # 10 - April 5th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

IGNITE Capstone

Join us for our end-of-year adventure.  Lunch and drinks are provided! Saturday, April 20th, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Food provided!

What employment positions are available in the IGNITE program?

UTC Tour Guide - Admissions

Description:  Mocs Squad provides campus tours to prospective students and their families and assists with recruitment events.  They also serve as an extension of the Admissions Office, performing light office work and answering the phones when needed. 

Supervisor:  Brandalyn Shropshire

Number of Positions Open:  2

UTC Tour Guide

Lifeguard - Campus Recreation

Description:  Want to be a lifeguard?  We will help you become certified in lifeguarding, CPR, first aid, and AED training. Lifeguards are responsible for guest safety and customer service in our aquatics programs. Come swim with us!

Supervisor:  TBD

Number of Positions Open:  2-3

Lifeguard Position Description

UTC Outdoors Assistant - Campus Recreation

Description:  UTC Outdoors Assistants are responsible for the daily operations of the climbing wall, rental center, and waterfront.  This position provides excellent customer service to patrons who are rock climbing, renting equipment, or joining an outdoor adventure trip. Join our team!

Supervisor:  Lisa Hancock

Number of Positions Open:  2

UTC Outdoors Assistant Position Description

Recreation Assistant - Campus Recreation

Description:  Recreation Assistants are responsible for guest safety, facility management, event planning, and customer service in our facilities. This position actively works with all programs, events, and staff in our facilities.  Help us keep Campus Recreation safe and running smoothly!

Supervisor:  Jordan Bowman

Number of Positions Open:  3-4

Recreation Assistant Position Description

Intramural Assistant - Campus Recreation

Description:  Intramural Assistants help with the daily oversight of the UTC Sports Complex, organizing intramural games and special events. If you are an active person who loves competition and sportsmanship, this is the place for you!

Supervisor:  TBD

Number of Positions Open:  2

Intramural Assistant Position Description

Membership Services Assistant - Campus Recreation

Description:  Membership Service Assistants are the face of Campus Recreation.  This position assists with facility tours, sales, customer service, and guest relations.  Great with people?  This is the position for you!

Supervisor:  Colleen Houghton

Number of Positions Open:  3-4

Membership Services Position Description

Campus Recreation

Campus Recreation