The Growth and Purpose GAP Year Program
Growth and Purpose Program

Inver Hills Community College is calling you to action. Join the Growth and Purpose (GAP) Program and gain paid professional experience and academic credits for pursing your passions with purpose.

Contact Information

Shannon Williams
Community-Based Learning Coordinator

The GAP Program

This is an uncertain time, but it doesn’t have to be a wasted year. The Growth and Purpose (GAP) Program allows you to pursue an area of interest while enhancing your resume and academic transcript. GAP participants get it all – the opportunity to earn credit, have meaningful paid employment, and craft a personalized service or research project in connection with a dedicated mentor.

GAP Program Themes

  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Justice
  • Health Care
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Education
  • Fine Arts
  • IT

Apply For The Growth and Purpose (GAP) Program

Thank you for your interest in the GAP year program. At this time we are not accepting applications for fall semester, but assistance in paid work experiences are still available to interested applicants. Please email us at for assistance.

VIRTUAL Growth and Purpose (GAP) Program Information Session

You will work with campus staff to choose course offerings that support your learning and development in your GAP program. By working directly with staff, we can confirm that your credits will be transferable to wherever your path takes you. GAP students can take at least 6-9 credits per semester, though many may choose to attend full time.

Our staff will work with you on a balanced mix of paid and volunteer experiences that will allow you to spend your GAP program immersed in your passion. Even if you decide it’s not the right fit for your career, the professional experience and skills you gain will support your future success! Worried about the time commitment? This is YOUR experience and we will work with you to design it.

We want to make this experience as simple as possible. Know that our Coordinator will be able to walk you through each step of this process and your experience will be tailored to your goals. But first, we need to know you are interested! Fill out this interest form and expect to hear from the college within 1-2 business days.

After an initial discussion with our GAP Coordinator, you can expect support to complete the Inver Hills application, FASFA, scheduling your classes and exploring what your options are for your paid experience. You will receive a free application code to apply for admissions.

GAP students can expect to take 6 or more credits each semester. Check out the Cost of Attendance.

Scholarships are available to newly enrolled applicants.

Ask more about how you can qualify when you meet with GAP staff.

Our only requirement for this program is that you are 18 years old or older and meet the admissions criteria for Inver Hills. Our paid experience positions require their participants to be 18 or older.

Complete our GAP program interest form and expect a follow up contact from an Inver Hills staff member to learn about your interest and walk you through the next steps.


Contact Shannon Williams at or by phone at 651-450-3244.

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