Service at North Central College

North Central College Lead for a Change brochure 4-12On March 19, 2012, we heard that North Central College was once again named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.

“The 2012 Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve significant outcomes. North Central College was honored for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.”  To see a pdf of the full report that appeared on the college’s website, click on the first item in the list below.

“Thousands of service hours,” says the report, ”were spent gathering food for distribution centers, which saw a 71 percent drop in government commodities; teaching ESL to refugee students; tutoring and mentoring at-risk K-12 students to raise graduation rates; rebuilding and constructing homes; working in clothing and food pantries; visiting orphans; building relationships with mentally disabled adults; and dancing with residents in an assisted living community.”

The concert venue The Union and the student club SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise) have been particularly helpful to our family’s foundation, Emmanuel House, as have other student projects—including many students in the business courses BUS 195 – Entrepreneurial Focus and BUS 197 – Entrepreneurial Experience.  Several times students conducted special money-making projects and gave all they made to us.  One time the whole class engaged in entrepreneurial projects directly benefitting us.  We couldn’t be more proud and thankful!

Below are a list of resources to learn more about the wonderful ethos of service that envelopes this great college.

  • Click here to see the March 19 report on the college’s 2012 honor for service.
  • Click here to see the brochure of the April 2012 Lead for a Change conference.  On page three, note the four people on the opening night panel—all four, including my oldest son, Rick, North Central College graduates making a big difference in the world.  The brochure’s list of speakers and topics is typical of service learning and activities at the college.
  • Click here to see a YouTube video on service at the college.
  • Click here to go to the Social Change page of this website, which will link you to descriptions of other service projects, including The Union and SIFE.
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