EXAMPLES OF COLLEGE-CONNECTED SERVICE PROGRAMS

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Students studying technology put their skills to work helping local nonprofits build websites, establish data systems, and otherwise use technology to advance their missions.

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Students majoring in French help Frenchspeaking African refugees settle into the community through a nonprofit that assists new immigrants.

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Child development students spend the year serving in local Head Start and child care centers, observing children’s behavior at different development stages and ways that the experienced teachers work with the children and their parents.  

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Engineers working closely with their professor spend the year developing a solution to a specific challenge faced by a neighboring community. They travel to the community to research the problem and return to campus to design and build prototypes.

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Environmental science majors serve at a national park facing environmental challenges to plan and implement solutions. Living in housing within the park, they work as a team to study the problem and identify strategies.

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Urban studies students are placed in large- and medium-sized city mayors’ offices across the country where they help mayors develop volunteer strategies to address problems in the cities.  

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English majors are assigned to work as tutors and mentors in low-performing schools through local nonprofits. They use their skills to boost the literacy of children, create expectations for them, learn about academic challenges they face, and see the role of social and emotional learning in the development of children.