Students Take Service-Learning into Community

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Westminster College students in a "Juvenile Delinquency" class taught by Dr. Kristenne Robison, assistant professor of sociology, completed service-learning in the community as a course requirement.

Each student spent 15 hours during the semester at George Junior Republic (tutoring); Lawrence County Community Action Partnership's (LCCAP) Getting Youth Motivated (GYM) program at the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center; or Union High School's C.A.R.E.E.R.S. (Changing Attitudes Regarding Employment & Education for Responsible Students) Club, a program that helps high school students develop career skills.

Many class members spent Global Youth Service Day (April 15) at the Career and Technical Center leading high school students through a number of team-building exercises as part of the GYM program that is coordinated by LCCAP's Ja'Von Clark and Maria Joseph, a 2009 Westminster alumna.

Westminster has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll every year since the program was launched in 2006.  Nearly 70% of Westminster students volunteered last year and logged over 26,000 hours of community service.

Contact Robison at (724) 946-6033 or email robisokm@westminster.edu for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top tier liberal arts college, a national leader in graduation rate performance, and a "Great School, Great Price," according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 38th among liberal arts colleges, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 373 Colleges" and "Best in the Northeast" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Global Youth Service Day at Lawrence County Career and Technical Center