by Alana J. Mauger
For the fifth consecutive year, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Montgomery County Community College to the 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 2011, 3,366 Montgomery County Community College students engaged in over 15,252 hours of curricular and co-curricular service learning initiatives, supporting partnerships opportunities with more than 30 local organizations.
“Montgomery County Community College has an institutional commitment to service, demonstrated by the incorporation of civic and community engagement into our mission, strategic initiatives and curriculum,” said College President Dr. Karen A. Stout. “These initiatives build student engagement and enhance student learning and academic achievement while making a positive impact on community revitalization and renewal.”
Some of the varied projects in 2011 included activities during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, College-wide participation in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, an Alternative Spring Break trip to Michigan to work with Habitat for Humanity, and the College’s first ever Relay for Life, which raised more than $26,000 for the American Cancer Society and set the record for the most successful first-year community college Relay in the country.
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 CNCS, college students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector. In 2010, 3.1 million students engaged in more than 312 million hours of service valued at more than $6.6 billion nationwide.
CNCS 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. For a full list of Honor Roll recipients or to learn more, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.