LCCC RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE
Washington, D.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) recently honored Lorain County Community College as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. LCCC was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.
"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to LCCC and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”
Nearly 1,000 LCCC students performed community service during the 2009-2010 academic year, totaling more than 17,000 hours of service. The monetary value of the service hours equates to around $320,000.
Of the 1,000 students above, nearly 500 students participated in the Service Learning program at LCCC. Service Learning combines meaningful community service with classroom instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.
“Community is one of LCCC’s four cornerstones and I am proud to see our students, staff and faculty recognized for their dedication to community service and the positive impact it has on Lorain County,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.
Examples of LCCC’s community programs include: FamilyFest, a free annual festival on the LCCC campus; “A Campus in a Garden” project to beautify the LCCC campus by increasing native plants, improving water quality and reducing the carbon footprint; a free Thanksgiving Dinner open to all; multiple food drives; United Way Day of Caring; and many other programs.
Through the service of LCCC students, faculty and staff, more than 10,000 pounds of food was donated to local food pantries during the 2009-2010 academic year. Additionally, more than 800 meals were served to Lorain County residents and more than 100 families benefitted from vegetable gardening and childhood education programs.
A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.
On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment. CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.