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March 2011

OCCC Helps SHINE for Students; Conference to Encourage, Reward Community Service

 

Oklahoma City Community College is assisting county and city officials in unveiling a new program to encourage high school and college students to engage in community service. In a conference held Tuesday, March 22, District Two Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan joined city and state leaders, including Oklahoma State Superintendent Janet Barresi, in announcing SHINE for Students, a program designed to recognize students who have given at least 100 hours of community service with a special certificate and a cord they can wear on their graduation gowns.

“SHINE for Students won’t just help make our communities and neighborhoods in Oklahoma County better places,” Commissioner Maughan said. “It will also teach valuable lessons to the students involved in the program and help assure their future success.”

Maughan says the program is an outgrowth of the successful SHINE effort, which has diverted low-level non-violent offenders into community service efforts like removing trash and brush and painting over graffiti. SHINE stands for Start Helping Impacted Neighborhoods Now.

Maughan cites studies showing that students involved in community service programs are less likely to drop out, do better in academic subjects and are more likely to go on to complete college.

“This really is a two-fer,” he said. “Students who give back to their community also do better in school.”

OCCC President Paul Sechrist says that OCCC is pleased to host the SHINE conference. “Our mission includes a commitment to our community. The SHINE program will provide another way for our students, faculty and staff to serve and improve central Oklahoma. I applaud Commissioner Maughan and other civic leaders for creating the SHINE program. I encourage everyone associated with OCCC to support the program, become involved and help make a positive difference in our community.”

County Commissioners Ray Vaughn and Willa Johnson were also on hand for the announcement. Officials or individual students wishing to join the SHINE for Students program can contact Commissioner Maughan’s office at (405) 713-1502.

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