March 29, 2013
Wentworth Named to 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll
Boston, MA – March 27, 2013 – Wentworth Institute of Technology has been named for the third consecutive year to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.
This is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Institutions were cited for their achievements in general community service or in one of two special focus areas which align with the President’s education and innovation priorities.
Wentworth’s community service efforts are organized by the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships. A few key highlights include:
- Community co-op students are working with the Joseph P. Manning Elementary School in Jamaica Plain, in a partnership with the Boston Schoolyard Initiative, to transform the schoolyard into an accessible, educational space.
- Management students worked with Helping Communities in Crisis, an organization looking to end discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS, to develop a technology implementation plan for the new nonprofit organization.
- The Society for Civil Engineering student chapter at Wentworth built an outdoor deck and handicap ramp for Mission Hill Health Movement, providing more than 200 hours of volunteer labor.
- During the fall of 2012, 50 students provided more than 2,200 hours of community work study service. The Center partners mainly with Mission Hill and Fenway-based nonprofit organizations.
- Since 2005, more than 210 Wentworth students have participated in the Alternative Spring Break program, performing more than 9,500 hours of service and fundraising $108,000. This year Wentworth added a Boston-based spring break trip where students helped organizations that focus on homelessness, poverty, abuse, and education.
To view the full 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll visit: http://www.nationalservice.gov/pdf/2013_hr_list.pdf.
- Dennis Nealon