College Earns Spot on National Honor Roll

by Alana J. Mauger

For the fourth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service has named Montgomery County Community College to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The honor roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

In 2010, 2,385 Montgomery County Community College students engaged in over 6,154 hours of curricular and co-curricular service learning initiatives, with 56 students engaged in 20 hours or more of service each.

Some of the varied projects throughout the year included service during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, “Think Pink” for Breast Cancer, and National Campus Sustainability and Earth days. In addition, seven students and staff spent a combined 210 hours working with Habitat for Humanity in Virginia during spring break.

Throughout the year, students enrolled in the College’s Health Sciences programs provided valuable medical services to the community while practicing their skills. For example, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Assisting and Nursing students provide free health screenings, and Dental Hygiene students host a variety of sealant clinics for uninsured children in the county.

Student clubs and organizations worked with dozens of community partners throughout the year, including the American Red Cross, Impact Thrift Stores, Manna on Main Street, and the American Cancer Society.

Funding and support from Learn and Serve grants through PHENND and partnerships with the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation have further enabled the College to expand its involvement in service-learning related opportunities.

According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, college students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector. In 2009, 3.2 million students performed more than 307 million hours of service.

The Corporation oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education.

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