For its commitment to community engagement, North Shore Community College has been named to the 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for General Community Service from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships. This marks the tenth time NSCC has been awarded honor roll status since the inception of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2006.
Colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement are invited to apply for the classification by submitting documentation describing the nature and extent of their engagement with the community, including examples showing alignment among campus mission, culture, leadership, resources and practices that support dynamic and noteworthy community engagement. Just two percent of community colleges in the U.S. have received the designation.
Several of the notable achievements that contributed to NSCC receiving this award include:
Brickett School Partnership – As part of their service-learning work, NSCC students from the classes of Annette Busch, Andrea Dodge, Cari Keebaugh, and Elizabeth Wade went to Brickett Elementary School in Lynn to read great works of children’s literature to the students there. The NSCC students also hosted the Brickett students on NSCC’s Danvers Campus for valuable learning about the sciences. Also contributing to this partnership were the members of the Disability Honors Society (DAPi) who tutored and mentored Brickett students, led by Aillie McKeever.
Sustainability in our Community – Faculty members Richard Adelman, Fred Altieri, Russell Green, Barbara Heath, Joe Modugno and Greg Reppucci all engaged their students in service-learning in the world of sustainability. In addition, two important projects were included which focused on the environment and sustainability: The annual Earth Day clean-up at Lynn Woods Reservation and a similar clean-up and “Day of Service” activity led by Julia Greene at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Lynn. Finally, NSCC’s 32nd Forum on Tolerance entitled “Sharing the Earth Responsibly” was highlighted in this project description.
Service in the Health Professions – Pat Adam, Maureen Nardella, and Elizabeth Wade offered valuable service-learning to their students. They and the rest of the Health Professions faculty led nearly 400 students in work in the community via their clinical experiences. In addition, service activities were commonplace in the health professions clubs which included such activities as blood drives and coat drives.