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Montana Tech Named to Community Service Honor Roll


3/29/2012

Montana Tech has been named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in recognition of thousands of hours student volunteers provide to the Butte-Silver Bow area. Montana Tech received the award along with Flathead Valley Community College, Montana State University, and The University of Montana.

Presented by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the honor roll is the highest federal government recognition that a college or university can receive for its commitment to service-learning, community service, and civic engagement. Honorees are 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.

Montana Tech students exceeded expectations for community service during the past academic year. By enrolling in courses that offer service-learning or volunteering outside of class, students develop civic skills, master course content, and get things done for the community.

"Montana Tech is an institution committed to civic engagement," said Montana Tech Chancellor Don Blackketter. "We encourage our faculty, staff, and students to be involved and they are the reason we have received this award. This is a well-deserved recognition of their efforts in making our community a great place to live. "

Many students are enrolled in national service programs including Campus Corps and Compact Service Corps. As members, they built capacity for local nonprofits, served in hospitals in clinics to foster healthy futures for Butte citizens, and improved the academic engagement of school children by mentoring them in local schools. The community partners Montana Tech’s AmeriCorps program serves are The Legion Oasis Housing Complex, Reintegrating Youthful Offenders, CFWEP.ORG, Butte-Silver Bow Public Library, Butte-Silver Bow Office of Emergency Management, Tech’s Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search Programs, and the Butte Chapter of the American Red Cross.

"We are thrilled about receiving this award," said Director of the Institute for Educational Opportunities Amy Verlanic. "Many projects and volunteer hours were completed by our staff and students in order for us to receive this award. I am so proud of all of their efforts." Last year, Montana Tech’s Campus Corps and Compact Service Corps programs saw 100 students log 35,329 volunteer hours and 13 part-time and full-time staff add an additional 4,000 hours. "Many necessary projects were accomplished during the almost 40,000 hours logged by our Montana Tech staff and students," added Verlanic.

Some of Butte’s most pressing needs

– hunger, education, health and the environment – were met by students performing service in collaboration with community organizations.

Montana Tech is a member of the Montana Campus Compact. A coalition of 20 four-year, two-year, public, private, tribal, and community colleges and universities who are committed to educating students for their civic and social responsibilities.