March 19, 2008 | Kingsborough Community College
School Honored for Distinguished Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service named Kingsborough Community College to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to disadvantaged youth. Although eleven New York Colleges were placed on the Honor Roll, Kingsborough is the only City University of New York (CUNY) college and the only community college in New York City to receive the honor.
“Kingsborough students have been outstanding in responding to the educational, cultural, and economic needs of our community and we are delighted that our students, faculty and staff are recognized for helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement in our country,” said Dr. Regina Peruggi, president of Kingsborough Community College.
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 innovativeness 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.
Among the initiatives that landed KCC on the President’s Honor Roll are the following:
- KCC students developed a domestic violence awareness presentation, consisting of role-playing and interactive exercises, which has benefited more than 500 individuals, enabling them to identify and prevent domestic violence.
- KCC service-learning students volunteered to participate in a tutoring program designed for young underprivileged New York City Housing Authority residents — ages six through twelve. This program is on-going and continues to tutor these young students.
“College students are tackling the toughest problems in America, demonstrating their
compassion, commitment, and creativity by serving as mentors, tutors, health workers, and even engineers,” said David Eisner, chief executive officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. “They represent a renewed spirit of civic engagement fostered by outstanding leadership on caring campuses.”
The Honor Roll is jointly sponsored by the Corporation, through its Learn and Serve America program, and the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps, and the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.
In congratulating the winners, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said, “Americans rely on our higher education system to prepare students for citizenship and the workforce. We
look to institutions like these to provide leadership in partnering with local schools to shape the civic, democratic and economic future of our country.”
Overall, the Community Service Honor Roll awarded six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, four schools were recognized as Special Achievement Award winners, 127 as Honor Roll with Distinction members and 391 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 528 schools were recognized. A full list is available at http://www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll.
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“There is no question that the universities and colleges who have made an effort to participate and win the Honor Roll award are themselves being rewarded,” said American Council on Education President David Ward. “Earning this distinction is not easy. But now each of these schools will be able to wear this award like a badge of honor.”
Kingsborough Community College, one of the top ten community colleges in the country and Brooklyn’s only community college, is located on a 70-acre campus in Manhattan Beach, on the southern tip of Brooklyn. The breathtaking campus overlooks three bodies of water: Sheepshead Bay, Jamaica Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It serves approximately thirty thousand students per year, offering a wide range of credit and non-credit courses in the liberal arts, career education, and specialized programs. For more information, go to http://www.kbcc.cuny.edu.
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 http://www.nationalservice.gov.