Washington, D.C. – The Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education today honored the nation's leading colleges and universities, students, and faculty members, and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through community service and service learning. Central Lakes College is among the 14 recognized institutions from Minnesota named to the Community Service Honor Roll that included 513 institutions nationwide. CLC, recognized for the fourth straight year, is one of five two-year colleges from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system which were awarded recognition for engaging students, faculty and staff in substantial, relevant and meaningful service to communities. “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 Robert Velasco, Acting CEO 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.” In FY 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.