CNCS names CPCC to President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

last modified Mar 06, 2013 09:38 AM

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has named Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) to its 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The designation recognizes institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their surrounding communities through service-learning projects.

More than 690 higher education institutions from across the country were named to this prestigious list; CPCC was one of the 28 institutions from North Carolina to earn the distinction. The honor reinforces CPCC’s commitment to placing students on a lifelong path to civic engagement.

Each year, CPCC college students make a significant contribution to their communities though volunteering and service. In 2012, CPCC students dedicated more than 152,800 hours of service through CPCC’s many civic engagement initiatives, which included co-op opportunities, health clinicals, literacy tutoring, and curricular and co-curricular service projects.

“Service-learning has a positive impact on student learning outcomes, civic engagement and retention rates,” said Dena Shonts, director of Service-Learning at CPCC. “We use service projects to teach students more about collaboration and partnership, specifically with community organizations and local residents in need. This powerful community-campus partnership ultimately prepares our students to be successful citizens and leaders, while strengthening our neighborhoods and county.”

Since 2006, the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has honored institutions in the United States for their achievements in general community service. The designation was inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.

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Central Piedmont Community College is the largest community college in North Carolina, offering close to 300 degree and certification programs, customized corporate training, market-focused continuing education, and special interest classes. CPCC is academically, financially and geographically accessible to all citizens of Mecklenburg County. In 2002, the National Alliance of Business named CPCC the Community College of the Year for its response to the workforce and technology needs of local employers and job seekers through innovative educational and training strategies.