CSCC Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

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CSCC Named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Holly Vincent
Friday, October 21, 2016 9:26 AM
All, Service-Learning

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - The Corporation for National and Community Service recently announced recipients of the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Each year, the President of the United States recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in communities through service.
The Honor Roll recognizes performance in four categories: Economic Opportunity, Education, General Community Service, and Interfaith Community Service.
Cleveland State Community College was one of only 36 community colleges nationwide recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and was selected in two performance categories.

The college was one of five community colleges named to the Economic Opportunity category. Institutions named to this category demonstrated service programs throughout the year that built economic independence, increased family stability, and created more sustainable and resilient communities.

The college was also recognized as one of 35 community colleges nation-wide named to the General Community Service category. Institutions named to this category have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals. Areas of service include education, health, economic opportunity, the environment, disaster preparedness, and support for veterans and military families.

“Cleveland State takes great pride that we are the college that always puts community first,” stated Dr. Bill Seymour, CSCC President. “This recognition further signifies that the service-learning program at Cleveland State is among the best in the country. Very few community colleges are so successful at weaving this ethic into their curriculum and sense of community.”

Dr. Denise King, Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “Service-learning has become an integral part of the Cleveland State experience. Sherry Holloway and Jaime Barks, along with a cadre of committed faculty have led the campus in a continual process of growth and development in learning through service. It is this commitment to excellence that has propelled CSCC to the President's Honor Roll year after year as an exceptional community college.”

Cleveland State initiated its Service-Learning program in 2008. The program has expanded to include seven stand-alone Service-Learning Experience classes, a service-learning component within the First Year Seminar course, and continued growth as a component of academic courses campus-wide with approximately 60% of faculty incorporating the program.
Cleveland State has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015 (there was no honor roll program in 2011).
“We were so pleased to learn that Cleveland State was named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll,” stated Sherry Holloway, CSCC Service-Learning Director. “We appreciate recognition of the dedicated team of students, faculty, staff, and community partners who demonstrate tremendous love and dedication as they invest themselves into addressing the needs of our communities.”
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages millions of Americans in service through its AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, Social Innovations Fund, and Volunteer Generation Fund programs, and leads the President’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

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