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June 2011

OCCC Named to Presidential Honor Roll


OCCC Presidential Honor Roll
OCCC was awarded the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor.

Oklahoma City Community College has once again been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The recognition is awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which has administered the honor roll since 2006. CNCS recognized 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.

“It is a privilege to be recognized on this honor roll,” OCCC President Paul Sechrist, said. “I fully credit our Student Life organization, working with faculty and students, for leading in the area of community service. It is vital that our students experience the tremendous value that volunteer service brings to an organization and to a community.”

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms. In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion. Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs and much more.

Honor Roll awardees 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.

Organized by the OCCC Office of Student Life, over 1,200 OCCC students participated in service-learning hours. These hours were completed for academic assignments, service trips and civic honors requirements. Students completed over 8,000 hours during the honor roll year, a quantity valued at over $160,000 (according to the Independent Sector value of volunteer hours). Students volunteered throughout the Oklahoma City community in programs such as Adopt-A-Street, City Rescue Mission, The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, The Christmas Connection and Habitat For Humanity.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than 5 million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs and leads President Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, click http://myproject.nationalservice.gov/honorroll/.

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