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College Receives National Awards for Service-Learning

Release Date: 2/25/2008

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College

College Receives National Recognition for Service-Learning Program

Carroll Community College's Service-Learning Program has received two national awards, one which recognizes a service trip to Belize and the other which gives "honor roll" status to the program as a whole.

Recognition Among Community Colleges
The Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) has awarded Carroll Community College (Carroll) with the International Service-Learning Collaboration Award.  A Service-Learning trip by students, faculty, and staff to Belize in July, 2007 was the winning nomination among submissions from all two-year colleges in the nation.

The CCNCCE celebrates outstanding campus-based Service-Learning and civic engagement programs that have developed partnerships outside their institutions. The award recognizes
community college Service-Learning and civic engagement with social agencies, business and industry, elementary/middle/high schools, universities, and international organizations.

College President Dr. Faye Pappalardo extended her congratulations to Carroll's Service-Learning area and said, "I am pleased that our students, faculty, and staff are so willing to reach out to others in need, regardless of how far their travels take them or what degree of effort is required."

Dr. James Ball, vice-president for Academic and Student Affairs and dean of the faculty, said
"I am especially proud of the students, faculty, and staff who participated in the Belize project because they took time out of their busy summers to help teach children who are native to Belize how to improve their English language skills. This is a fine contribution to the global community."

"As a Service-Learning practitioner, I understand that this experience has been the most important work I have done during my ten years in higher education," said Dell Rhodes, coordinator for Service-Learning at Carroll. "The collaboration between our students and the people of Big Falls, Belize leads to layered, contextual knowledge. This is not easily obtained in a classroom," she said.

Criteria for selection of the award recipient included the quality of learning opportunities, the contribution of the institution and its partners, the level of faculty involvement, and the potential to be replicated.

The award will be presented to college representatives at the CCNCCE conference in May, 2008.

Award for Overall Excellence
Service-Learning  at Carroll was also placed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This is the first time the college has received this federal recognition at the U.S. presidential level.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, recognizes colleges and universities nationwide that support innovative and effective community service and Service-Learning programs.

The Honor Roll's Presidential Award, given each year to only a handful of institutions, is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and is sponsored by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, the USA Freedom Corps, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development.

"Only a handful of community colleges were recognized, which underscores what a wonderful testament this is to the work being done by our students, faculty, and staff," said Dell Rhodes, coordinator for Service-Learning at the college. "It is also further proof that students at Carroll Community College can expect to find the same caliber of education and experiences that they would at most four-year universities."

"This second national award in as many weeks is a welcomed tribute to the comprehensive Service-Learning experience offered at Carroll.  The first national award lauded one specific project, while the President's Honor Roll looks at the composite of our Service-Learning programs," Rhodes said.


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