Maui Community College named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Honor is highest federal recognition a school can achieve for commitment to service learning and civic engagement

Maui College
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Posted: Mar 10, 2009

KAHULUI, Maui, Hawaiʻi — The Corporation for National and Community Service honored Maui Community College recently with a place on the President‘s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America‘s communities.

Launched in 2006, the Community Service Honor Roll is the highest federal recognition a school can achieve for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Honorees for the award were chosen based on a series of selection factors including scope and innovation of service projects, percentage of student participation in service activities, incentives for service, and the extent to which the school offers academic service-learning courses.

Through service-learning, nearly 100 students at Maui Community College participate in meaningful community service experiences that instill academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. The college has partnerships established with more than 40 nonprofit organizations, including Maui Nui Botanical Gardens, American Heart Association, and American Lung Association.

Two programs launched by the college itself for which it received recognition include a tutoring program at the nearby Harbor Lights Condominiums and a Spanish-English language exchange program.

For more than two years, Maui CC students from a variety of majors provide mentoring and tutoring every week to more than 50 at-risk children who are residents of Harbor Lights. Through the Spanish-English language exchange program, students enrolled in Spanish language courses at Maui CC offer English language tutoring to Hispanic residents who, in exchange, provide Spanish language tutoring to the students.

"In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges," said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. "We salute Maui Community College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others."

Recent studies have underlined the importance of service-learning and volunteering to college students. In 2006, 2.8 million college students gave more than 297 million hours of volunteer service, according to the Corporation‘s Volunteering in America 2007 study.

Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation. The President‘s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is presented during the annual conference of the American Council on Education.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation administers Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America, a program that supports service-learning in schools, institutions of higher education and community-based organizations. For more information, go to www.nationalservice.gov.

For more information, visit: http://www.maui.hawaii.edu