Central Lakes College earns fourth national community service recognition
For the fourth straight year Central Lakes College has been placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, listed 513 colleges and universities on its 2011 Honor Roll.
CLC is one of just five Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system two-year colleges recognized and one of 14 state institutions on the list. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.
CLC service-learning initiatives involve college students volunteering beyond the classroom to help the community through projects that are meaningful, relevant, and exemplary.
In 2011 Central Lakes College students conducted 37,939 hours of service. Faculty and staff contributed 15,256 hours supervising and participating in projects with students.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, launched in 2006, annually recognizes institutions of higher education for their commitment to and achievement in community service.
President Barack Obama has made service a central cause of his administration, and through his United We Serve initiative he is calling on all Americans to make service part of their daily lives. The President places a high priority on supporting and developing the role of higher institutions, and their students, staff, and faculty, in addressing the nation’s most pressing social needs.