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Collin College Earns Prestigious Community Service Distinction

March 5, 2013 –Yesterday officials in Washington, D.C. named Collin College a Presidential Award finalist for the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) administers the program, and the Presidential Award is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its exemplary commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Collin College is one of only two community colleges recognized.

“College students are a powerful force and have a great deal to give our country and community through service and civic engagement,” Collin College District President Cary Israel said. “We commend all the Collin College students who made this honor possible, as well as the Board of Trustees, faculty, administrators, staff and local organizations who worked together to embrace this critical issue for our college and community.”

The CNCS, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 690 colleges and universities. Fourteen Presidential Award finalists were chosen and five Presidential Award winners.

Formal announcement of this recognition took place today at the American Council on Education conference in Washington, D.C.

Collin College Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement Director Terry Hockenbrough said community involvement is a way of life at Collin College.

“Collin College is dedicated to excellence, upholding core values and giving back to the community through service learning, volunteerism, research and civic engagement,” Hockenbrough said. “Last year, students, faculty and staff contributed more than 30,000 hours of service, including 21,532 hours of service learning.”

Service Learning is service-based experiential application of knowledge in real-world situations in which the service benefits the community through projects in a credit-bearing class. This, along with volunteer and civic engagement projects through student organizations and campus groups, brought much-needed help to local organizations and individuals in need.   

For more information about the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll. To learn more about Collin College’s civic engagement initiatives, visit the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement’s web page at www.collin.edu/academics/csce/.

Collin College serves about 53,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin College is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.