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MCC 1 of 7 colleges to receive service-learning grant

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Posted: Saturday, February 1, 2014 10:00 am | Updated: 4:29 pm, Wed Dec 3, 2014.

Mesa Community College (MCC) is one of seven community colleges across the country awarded a service-learning grant from the Teagle Foundation.

MCC is one of seven colleges to receive a portion of a $270,000 grant awarded from Teagle, a New York-based organization that tries to improve undergraduate student learning, that is dispensed to the college’s Community College National Center for Community Engagement, or CCNCCE. The community colleges involved in the project are: Mesa Community College, De Anza College in California, Kapi’olani Community College in Hawaii, Delgado Community College in Louisiana, Raritan Valley Communtiy College in New Jersey, and Kingsborough and Queensborough Community College in New York.

“The Community College National Center for Community Engagement is very honored to be the first community college consortia to be funded by the Teagle Foundation,” said Lyvier Conss, CCNCCE’s executive director and co-principal investigator.

The three-year annual grant will allow the seven colleges to work together on the student learning for civic engagement for learning project. It is a national project that lasts three years and will be used to support the development of service-learning projects.

The grant project has several components, including developing 70 courses in various disciples that help build students’ current and future commitment to civic and moral responsibility; create communities of faculty, staff, students and administrators on each of the seven campuses to build program and institutional commitment to civic and moral responsibility; and engage in campus, statewide and national dialogues on curricular reform promoting civic and moral responsibility.

Each college is targeting a different area. Delgado is focusing on health, Kapi’olani on sustainability, and New York on diversity. As for Mesa, it will target several key areas.

“The seven colleges involved in the project are leaders in the field of service-learning and civic engagement, so the faculty and administration at these colleges are fully committed to ensure the success of the project,” Conss said.

CCNCCE prepares students to be successful after they graduate by providing hands-on learning, networking opportunities and help building resumes. CCNCCE supports and promotes the teaching of service-learning, which provides students with the connection between community service and academic course credit. It helps students find places to volunteer, build connections with community members and explore career options.

For additional information on MCC and CCNCCE, visit mesacc.edu/service-learning.

• Kelly Kleber is a senior at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She is an intern with the Tribune this semester. Reach her at tribintern@evtrib.com.

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