GPC Awarded Presidential Honor for Community Service

03/19/2012
Contact: Rebecca Rakoczy
Phone: 678-891-2691
Fax: 678-891-2966
Author: Rebecca Rakoczy

For Immediate Release

For the second year in a row, the University System of Georgia’s Georgia Perimeter College has been recognized “with Distinction” on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the U.S. Department of Education. GPC is the only institution in Georgia that received the “with Distinction” designation, which recognizes GPC as one of the nation’s leading colleges and universities committed to improving its communities through civic engagement and service learning.

GPC is one of 47 community colleges in the nation to be included on the honor roll and one of around 100 colleges and universities in the nation to receive the “with distinction” designation.

“This recognition is a wonderful confirmation of who we are at GPC,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony Tricoli. “Our service learning and civic engagement programs represent a strong and reciprocal relationship with our communities, and our students benefit by learning more about these communities and broadening their understanding of the world. In turn, the communities benefit from our students’ service.”
Since GPC opened its Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning in 2009, students, faculty and staff have partnered with members of the community to address needs identified by the communities the college serves. Located within the college, the Atlanta Center builds on the college’s historic commitment to serve the communities surrounding GPC’s campuses, which are among some of the most underserved in the greater Atlanta area.

“This important recognition is a testament to the quality of GPC's curricular and co-curricular service learning program, including its Bonner Leader program, AmeriCorps program, Service Learning Faculty Fellows program, MLK Week of Service Activities, and Global Youth Service Day activities,” said Dr. Sean Brumfield, executive director of the Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement & Service Learning.

The college currently has more than 7,000 students engaged in service learning, and 58 faculty who incorporate the principles of service learning and civic engagement into their curriculum; in 2011 alone, students worked more than 183,640 hours with 40 community partners to address issues of homelessness, poverty, sustainability, civic pride and responsibility, and leadership needs.
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of 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 partnership, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

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Georgia Perimeter College, the third largest institution of the University System of Georgia, serves approximately 27,000 students through four campuses and several sites in metro Atlanta. For additional information, visit www.gpc.edu.