Vol State Honored For Service Learning and Community Service Projects

Submitted on March 01, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Volunteer State Community College has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms.

"The Vol State program of service learning and community service means that we are adding community elements to academic programs," said service learning director Dr. Rick Parrent. "This recognition shows the number of community projects our faculty and staff are involved in, and have been involved in over the last several years."

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Vol State students have worked in secondary school classrooms, helping teachers find new ways to improve learning. Ophthalmic students have taken their classroom skills to Guatemala to fit needy people with glasses as part of a mission trip organized by the Hendersonville Rotary Club. Students have built displays and experiments to engage kids during the annual Science and Math expo. Classes across campus participate in everything from tutoring immigrants to communication projects as part of service learning.

For more information on Service Learning at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/ServiceLearning

Pictured: Vol State students taught acting to Merrol Hyde Elementary School students as part of a Service Learning project. Here the students are pictured getting ready for a dress rehearsal of the Wizard of Oz. Left to right: Gray Beller of Nashville as the Wizard, Gianni Holder of Hendersonville as the Lion, Andrew Campbell of Gallatin - Vol State student organizer, Kell Martin of Hendersonville as the Scarecrow, and Carson Jackson of Hendersonville as Dorothy.

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