NSCC Awarded $15K Civic Learning Program Grant by DHE

North Shore Community College (NSCC) has been awarded a $15,000 Civic Learning Program grant by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to fund civic learning activities on campus, specifically professional development in the form of a summer workshop series, to NSCC faculty in the area of service-learning.

The Civic Learning program grant award – one of only two given to community colleges in Massachusetts – was based on the strength of a Civic Learning grant application submitted by NSCC that focused on developing faculty in the area of service-learning. Also factored in was the outstanding leadership and ongoing commitment to civic learning demonstrated by NSCC’s Center for Teaching, Learning & Assessment (CTLA).

“The summer workshop series equipped seasoned service-learning faculty with the tools they need to mentor new service-learning faculty who will be teaching first-year experience courses. In addition the faculty involved developed a handbook on incorporating service-learning into first year experience courses. Finally, a “Partners for Success” event was planned in order to connect faculty on campus with community partners to initiate collaboration on service-learning activities,” said Andrea Defusco-Sullivan, Director of NSCC’s CTLA.

Faculty participating in the workshop series were Chris Bednar, Denise Cady-Abreu, Nathan Chio, Russell Green, April Kim, Danielle Santos and Kathy Yanchus.

“Service-learning is a highly recommended teaching method that links course content to what students are learning in the “real world” while meeting community needs,” stated NSCC President Patricia A. Gentile. “Developing an awareness of community needs creates an understanding of the value of civic responsibility.”

In 2010, NSCC was one of only 12 community colleges chosen out of the 115 U.S. colleges and universities selected to receive the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes higher education’s commitment to community engagement.

NSCC has also been named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll six times in the past seven years. The Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement.

For more information on service-learning, contact Cate Kaluzny, NSCC Service-Learning Program Coordinator at ckaluzny@northshore.edu or at 978-762-4000, x5571.

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