LCSC makes President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for third year in a row
For the third consecutive year Lewis-Clark State College has been selected for the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced the 2013 award, which recognizes institutions whose students, faculty, and staff work alongside the community to solve problems.
In the application, LCSC featured an alternative parking design prepared by students in Dr. Jenni Light's Introduction to Engineering class, the annual Hells Canyon Institute led by Dr. Patricia Keith and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service organized by Lewis-Clark Service Corps.
College students make a significant contribution to their communities through volunteering and service, according to the most recent Volunteering and Civic Life in America report. In 2012, more than 1100 LCSC students, faculty and staff served almost 61,500 hours with a variety of community organizations — a contribution valued at almost $1 million.
"We’re pleased that the community service efforts of LCSC students, faculty and staff have once again received national recognition," said Charlette Kremer, Director of Lewis-Clark Service Corps. "Although our application highlighted three projects, there are dozens of other examples of volunteer and service-learning activities supported by the college."
"We congratulate the awardees and the students for their dedication to service," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of CNCS.
Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, CNCS has administered the award since 2006.
"Communities are strengthened when we all come together, and we are encouraged that these institutions and their students have made service a priority," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Civic engagement should be a key component of every student’s education experience. Through reaching out to meet the needs of their neighbors, these students are deepening their impact, strengthening our democracy and ultimately preparing themselves to be successful citizens."
CNCS manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.