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Central Lakes College honored for community service

For the third straight year, Central Lakes College has been placed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can

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For the third straight year, Central Lakes College has been placed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists and six received the Presidential Award.

CLC is one of just five Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system two-year colleges to receive the 2010 award. It is given in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education.

Selection factors included 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.

“I must note that the eligibility requirements and review process were much more rigorous and competitive this year,” said Rebecca Best, dean of Workforce, Economic & Regional Development and coordinator of service learning projects at CLC. “We are making such a positive difference in the communities where we work, live and CLC serves.”

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CLC service-learning initiatives involve college students volunteering beyond the classroom to help the community through projects that are meaningful, relevant, and exemplary.

The college community provides volunteer services that total several thousand hours each year. Most recently, the number of reported faculty, student and staff project hours increased from approximately 10,313 hours in fiscal year 2009 to approximately 38,569 in fiscal year 2010.

Among activities associated with service learning at CLC are helping Habitat for Humanity, Lakes Area Soup Kitchen and Northland Arboretum, school-based mentoring, reading/math tutoring in local schools and introducing the college and its programs to younger students in after-school sessions.

Other Minnesota schools on the honor roll are Augsburg, Carleton, Century, Gustavus Adolphus, Inver Hills, Macalester, Minnesota School of Business-Rochester, Normandale, North Hennepin, St. John’s, St. Cloud State, St. Olaf, University of Minnesota-Crookston, St. Thomas and Winona State.

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