Bayside, NY — Following a competition among community colleges nationwide, Queensborough Community College has been selected as one of only eight institutions to receive a prestigious grant that will promote service learning and civic engagement at the College. The grant is part of a $1.1 million national project, “Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning,” sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) with funding from the Learn and Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Queensborough will receive $12,000 for each of three years to develop and enhance curriculum—based service learning initiatives. Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that combines community service and classroom instruction, with a focus on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.
“Queensborough Community College and the other grantees are at the forefront of one of the most exciting concepts in postsecondary education,” said Gail Robinson, national director for AACC’s Horizons project. “The work these colleges do over the next three years will benefit both the colleges and their communities by teaching students the importance of civic responsibility and service as an integral part of the learning experience.”
Funding from the grant will be used to initiate Queensborough’s project, named QCC ExCEL, which will engage students across multiple disciplines in service learning efforts to address identified needs at community—based organizations. QCC ExCEL will benefit from intensive training provided by AACC as well as mentoring from a community college that has successfully operated service learning programs.