Student Serves College and Community Through AmeriCorps Grant

by Alana J. Mauger

Student Rachel Noethen is the College's first 'Scholar in Service.' Photo by Alana J. Mauger

Montgomery County Community College has been selected to participate in the AmeriCorps program “Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania,” which is administered through the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) at the University of Pennsylvania.

The grant enables a student to enroll as an AmeriCorps member on a part-time basis and receive an educational award at the end of the term. The award can be used to pay for any legitimate educational expense at their current undergraduate institution or to pay for future educational expenses, as well as to re-pay student loans.

Rachel Noethen, of Horsham, is serving as the College’s first-ever AmeriCorps Scholar in Service for the 2010-2011 academic year, during which she will complete 300 hours of service both on campus and with community partner organizations.

Rachel first came to the College through the KEYS (Keystone Education Yields Success) program, and she is majoring in Human Services, with a concentration in Drug and Alcohol.

“Personally, I enjoy doing volunteer work in community,” she said. “When KEYS program director Margaret Innes encouraged me to apply [for the AmeriCorps program], I knew it would give me the opportunity to do more community work.”

A full-time student and parent, Rachel will be working with Coordinator of Civic and Community Engagement Jenna Meehan to organize a variety of events over the next year, including Hunger and Homelessness Week, Alternative Spring Break, Martin Luther King Recognition Week and winter outreach programs.

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