May 18, 2011

National honor

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. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including 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. Among activities associated with service learning at CLC are education and screenings at Community Health Fairs (pictured), 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.
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