April 8, 2009
For Immediate Release
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Barbara Kerr, Executive Director of
CLARK COLLEGE SERVICE-LEARNING PROGRAM EARNS NATIONAL AWARD
The college has been honored by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) for its international service-learning partnership with St. John American International School in Cairo, Egypt
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark College’s Service-Learning Program has won the 2009 national Collaboration Award of the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE). The college was recognized for its international service-learning partnership with the St. John American International School in Cairo, Egypt.
The award will be presented on May 21 in Scottsdale, Ariz. during a national conference on service learning in community colleges. The college will be represented by Service-Learning Program Manager Jody Shulnak, history professor Dr. Anita Fisher, and Patrick Mehigan, president of the Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC). During the conference, Shulnak, Fisher and Mehigan will facilitate a 90-minute workshop session entitled “Penguins at the Pyramids: A Cross-Cultural Service-Learning Expedition to Egypt.”
Service-Learning Program Manager Jody Shulnak said the Egypt Service-Learning partnership was established when St. John American School in Cairo sought “an engaging way for their students to practice their English language skills.” Shulnak said, “This was also a great learning experience for our students. They gained an appreciation of the Egyptian culture through its social, political and religious contexts.”
Clark College President Robert K. Knight said, “International service-learning projects provide students with a structured work experience and an opportunity to put learning into action. They also instill self-esteem and a sense of giving back to the community – here in our region and around the world.”
Knight added, “I’m proud that our students made a difference in the lives of students overseas. I congratulate them – and our faculty and staff – for earning this recognition for their efforts.”
Information about the program is available at www.clark.edu/servicelearning. Information about the CCNCCE Collaboration Awards is available at http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/other/engagement/CollaborationAwards/CollabAwardInfo.shtml.