FVCC Named to 2012 Presidential Honor Roll for Community Service

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Flathead Valley Community College to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its support of volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

“We are extremely honored to have received this prestigious recognition,” said FVCC President Jane Karas, Ph.D.  “We are very proud of our students for their commitment to serving our community and to helping those in need.”

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service learning and civic engagement.  Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service learning courses.  FVCC is among 642 colleges and universities in the nation recognized with the honor.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, 429 FVCC students provided more than 7,700 volunteer community service hours.  Activities included Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Court Appointed Special Advocates toy drive, Feeding the Flathead, Violence Free Crisis Line/Abbie Shelter toy and food drive, Habitat for Humanity, One Warm Coat Campaign, Project Homeless Connect, Rake the Flathead, Donate Life Campaign, Senior Institute, Seussville University, and the Youth Needs Assessment.  In addition, 83 Campus Corps members provided 42,000 hours of service through their clinical hours, internships, externships, and student teaching.

“Through service, these institutions are creating the next generation of leaders by challenging students to tackle tough issues and create positive impacts in the community,” said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS.   “We applaud the Honor Roll schools, their faculty and students for their commitment to make service a priority in and out of the classroom. Together, service and learning increase civic engagement while fostering social innovation among students, empowering them to solve challenges within their communities.”

For more information, contact the FVCC Service Learning Office at 756-3908.  To view the complete 2012 Honor Roll list, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.

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