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BCC Honored for Community Service Commitment

March 14, 2013 - Brevard Community College was recently admitted to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its community service-learning approach.

This annual honor highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems and placing more students on a lifelong path of civic engagement by recognizing institutions that achieve meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

A total of 690 higher education institutions were named to this year’s Honor Roll. Combined, the Honor Roll awardees engaged 3.1 million students in community service for a total of 118 million service hours. That’s $2.5 billion in value to communities across the country.

Brevard Community College’s Center for Service Learning is recognized and respected as one of the best service-learning programs in the nation.

Its focus on making community service an integral part of BCC students’ education is embedded in the very fabric of the College and spread throughout its curriculum. Since its inception in 1988, the Center has engaged 67,898 students in nearly 2.26 million hours of community service.

This past academic year alone, 132 faculty members utilized service learning in 135 courses and in 350 specific course selections. More than 5,500 students volunteered 220,000 community service hours. In addition, 50 students will graduate this spring with the prestigious Citizen Scholar distinction, giving back through gifts of 300 or more hours of personal time in service to the community.

Students at all four campuses, as well as faculty and staff, currently serve more than 300 community partner organizations, including: the American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida, Brevard County Animal Services, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Brevard County Sharing Centers, Brevard Public Schools, Brevard Zoo, Florida Native Plant Society, Habitat for Humanity, Harmony Farms, Health First, Keep Brevard Beautiful, Marine Resources Council, the Nature Conservatory, Salvation Army and Wuesthoff Health Systems.

“Community service is at the heart of who we are as a College, and it’s wonderful to realize this level of recognition,” said, Dr. Jim Richey, BCC President.  “It’s proof positive that our service-learning approach works, enriches the overall educational experience of our students and meets a need in our community. We’re honored to have been selected again this year.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is overseen by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Higher 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 curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.