Collin College 1 of 2 community college Presidential Award finalists
Collin College this week was named a Presidential Award finalist for the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, according to a release from the college.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers the program, and the Presidential Award is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. Collin College is one of two community colleges recognized.
"College students are a powerful force and have a great deal to give our country and community through service and civic engagement," Collin College District President Cary Israel said. "We commend all the Collin College students who made this honor possible, as well as the Board of Trustees, faculty, administrators, staff and local organizations who worked together to embrace this critical issue for our college and community."
The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted 690 colleges and universities, and 14 Presidential Award finalists were chosen and five Presidential Award winners.
Formal announcement of the recognition took place Tuesday at the American Council on Education conference in Washington, D.C.
Collin College Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement Director Terry Hockenbrough said community involvement is a way of life at Collin College.
"Collin College is dedicated to excellence, upholding core values and giving back to the community through service learning, volunteerism, research and civic engagement," Hockenbrough said. "Last year, students, faculty and staff contributed more than 30,000 hours of service, including 21,532 hours of service learning."
Service learning is an experiential application of knowledge in real-world situations in which the service benefits the community through projects in a credit-bearing class. This, along with volunteer and civic engagement projects through student organizations and campus groups, brought much-needed help to local organizations and individuals in need, the release stated.
For more information about the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll. To learn more about Collin College's civic engagement initiatives, visit www.collin.edu/academics/csce/.
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