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Service-Learning Center Honors BCC Students & Partners


May 8, 2012, Brevard County, FL - Be a good student, but also be a good citizen.

That’s the mission of Brevard Community College’s Center for Service-Learning in teaching students about civic involvement and the importance of giving back to their community.

The center held its annual awards banquet May 8 at the King Center for the Performing Arts on the Melbourne campus, honoring 301 students, 65 faculty and 48 community partners for their work.

BCC President, Dr. Jim Richey, praised the program for opening the eyes of students to social responsibility.

“Community service is at the very heart of who we are at BCC in teaching students to look beyond themselves and toward the greater good of the community in which they live,” said Richey.

“That lesson enriches their overall educational experience and meets many critical needs in our community. It’s also something that students can carry with them for the rest of their lives, serving as leaders in roles large and small.”

Evelyn Young, the center’s director, added, “This has been another noteworthy year for BCC’s Service-Learning program. The recipients of these awards are exemplars of excellence; showing our appreciation is one of the most important things we can do.”

Since the program’s inception nearly 25 years ago, more than 61,000 students have collectively served more than 2.2 million hours of community service. 

This past academic year alone, 157 faculty members have used service-learning in 135 courses and 350 specific course selections. More than 4,000 students have volunteered 160,000 hours.

In addition, 36 students will have graduated from BCC this academic year with the prestigious Citizen Scholar distinction, giving back more than 14,800 hours of personal time in service to our community.

That record has made the program among the most respected in the nation.

In fact, BCC was recently admitted to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its service-learning approach. The award recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in campus-community partnerships.

For more information on Service Learning, go to BCC’s Website at www.brevardcc.edu/student-life/center-for-service-learning/

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