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March 2010

OCCC Named to President’s Honor Roll

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) has been named to the 2009 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 Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual honor roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice. On campuses across the country, thousands of students joined their faculty to develop innovative programs and projects to meet local needs using the skills gained in their classrooms. Business students served as consultants to budget-strapped nonprofits and businesses, law students volunteered at legal clinics, and dozens of others organized anti-hunger campaigns.

“Congratulations to Oklahoma City Community College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “Our nation’s students are a critical part of the equation and vital to our efforts to tackle the most persistent challenges we face. They have achieved impactful results and demonstrated the value of putting knowledge into practice to help renew America through service.”

The honor roll includes six colleges and universities that are recognized as presidential awardees, with an additional 115 named to the distinction list and 621 schools named as honor roll members. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors including the scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses. Click here for a full list of honor roll recipients.

“It is a privilege to be recognized on this honor roll,” OCCC President, Dr. 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.”

Organized by the Office of Student Life on the OCCC campus, over 200 OCCC students participated in a number of service days, accumulating 930 service day hours. The financial value of service day hours exceeded $18,500. Students volunteered throughout the Oklahoma City community in programs such as Adopt-a-Street, the City Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, the OKC Memorial Marathon, the Regional Food Bank and the Salvation Army.

College students make a significant contribution to the volunteer sector; in 2009, 3.16 million students performed more than 300 million hours of service, according to the Volunteering in America study released by the Corporation. Each year, the Corporation invests more than $150 million in fostering a culture of service on college campuses through grants awarded by its programs; the education awards that AmeriCorps members receive at the conclusion of their term of service to pay for college; and through support of training, research, recognition, and other initiatives to spur college service.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five 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, visit www.nationalservice.gov.

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