KCC earns national recognition for role in community service

Bruins Give Back participants serve during an event in February.

Bruins Give Back participants serve during an event in February.

Kellogg Community College is one of just two two-year colleges and one of just 15 schools in the state to be listed on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

Nationwide, 690 schools were named to the list, which is administered by the federal Corporation for National & Community Service to recognize institutions that commit to achieving meaningful, measureable outcomes in the communities they serve.

Kate DeGraaf, service learning manager at KCC, said the recognition highlights the college’s commitment to producing service-minded graduates who are aware of their communities’ needs as well as how to meet them.

“KCC is dedicated to giving back to our community and over the last few years has established a service learning program to provide an avenue for our students to give back and become leaders in our community,” DeGraaf said. “It is an honor to receive this award and to be able to celebrate the huge success of our students.”

KCC hosts several civic engagement and awareness events each year, including three Bruins Give Back volunteer events at locations around Battle Creek and one Volunteer and Civic Engagement Fair held on campus each semester. Beginning last fall, a service learning endorsement requiring at least 15 hours of dedicated service learning experience became a requirement for every KCC graduate pursuing a degree outside of the applied sciences.

“KCC is committed to community service and will continue to promote and support activities that encourage our students to participate in and engage with their communities,” DeGraaf said.

The CNCS has administered the Honor Roll designation since 2006 and manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

For more information about community service or service learning efforts at KCC, visit
www.kellogg.edu/socialscience/servicelearning or contact Service Learning Manager
Kate DeGraaf at 269-965-3931 ext. 2211 or at degraafk@kellogg.edu.

For more information about CNCS Honor Roll eligibility and to view the full list of
Honor Roll awardees, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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