Guam Community College Gets National Recognition for Community Service

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Guam – For the second year in a row, Guam Community College students’ community service efforts have earned GCC a spot on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The 2010 Honor Roll, issued by the Corporation for National and Community Service, recognizes higher education institutions for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. GCC was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

“We are very proud of our students’ outstanding efforts to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom to activities that benefit the community,” said Dr. Mary Okada, GCC President. “Service Learning an important component of the curriculum at GCC.”

GCC students conducted 64 different service learning projects during Fall Semester 2010, including volunteering time at senior citizens centers, Sanctuary, Erica’s House, GAIN, and other non-profit organizations, organizing clean-ups, and educating the public about the benefits of recycling. The College encourages students to continue applying their knowledge and skills to benefit the community through volunteerism after they graduate.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service-learning. 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 the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.