N.C. Campus Compact names CPCC to 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
North Carolina Campus Compact named Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to its 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This recognition 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.
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is comprised of a general community service category, as well as three special categories: education, economic opportunity and interfaith service. CPCC was named to the organization’s General Community Service Honor Roll, as well as its Education Honor Roll.
The General Community Service category recognizes institutions that have made a commitment to improving the quality of life of off-campus community residents, particularly low-income individuals. The nominating committee commended CPCC on the many initiatives it implemented in 2015 that focused on this goal:
- International Alternative Spring Break: CPCC sponsored an international alternative spring break trip to Atenas, Costa Rica, giving students the opportunity to learn about another country and immerse themselves in a different culture while doing service.
- Toys for Tots: CPCC students collected more than 460 toy and baby item donations from CPCC faculty, staff and students for delivery to the Toys for Tots Charlotte Chapter and Bright Blessings.
- Project Life: CPCC students held drives to help identify and register volunteers for bone marrow and tissue donation.
In addition to being applauded for its work in community service, CPCC received accolades for its work in education and improving the educational outcomes for children and youth in pre-kindergarten through undergraduate education. The college accomplished this through the following events:
- Duke Energy North Carolina Science Festival Science Fair: CPCC students hosted a Science Fair for 3rd and 4th grade students to help increase the amount of enthusiasm in the STEM areas among elementary parents and students.
- Creek Releaf: CPCC students researched the benefits of planting trees along waterways and presented their research to college classrooms on campus to raise awareness.
- Early Childhood Education Night of Service: Hosted at CPCC’s Harris Campus, the event brings students and community partner organizations together for an evening of service projects.
CPCC has appeared on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in seven of the last eight years the award was given, making CPCC the only community college in North Carolina with this honor. The college was also one of just two North Carolina community colleges to make the Honor Roll in 2015.
“Receiving the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognition in both the general community service and education categories demonstrations the college’s commitment to civic engagement through curricular and co-curricular activities,” added Dena Shonts, associate dean for student engagement at CPCC.
To be considered for the award, North Carolina Campus Compact member campus representatives must submit a nomination form. The call for nominations for these awards is issued in late November/early December with a deadline to submit nomination packets in early January.
To view the complete list of 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
recipients, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/honor-roll. To learn more about CPCC’s Service-Learning initiatives, please visit http://www.cpcc.edu/service-learning.