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PR # 156 February 17, 2009


The Corporation for National and Community Service has honored Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch with a place on the President?s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for exemplary service efforts and service to America?s communities.

This is the second year in a row that RVCC has been named to this prestigious list. The award was presented February 9 at the American Council on Education (ACE) annual conference in Washington, DC.

?We are extremely grateful to the Corporation for National and Community Service for honoring RVCC?s award-winning Service Learning Program,? said RVCC President Dr. Casey Crabill. ?Our dedicated faculty and students are committed to their work in service learning, which involves students in organized community service that addresses local needs, while developing their academic skills, sense of civic responsibility and commitment to the community.?

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 innovation 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.

At RVCC, more than 800 students participated in service learning projects with over 250 community organizations in Somerset and Hunterdon counties during the 2007-2008 academic year. In addition, 65 full-time and part-time faculty offer service learning either as an option or requirement within all academic disciplines. Each year, students contribute over 30,000 hours of service?donating the economic equivalent of $600,000 to the community.

Students serve at many different kinds of organizations, including social service and governmental agencies and non-profit businesses. These include preschool through college educational systems, after-school programs, nursing homes, adult day care centers, assisted living facilities, animal shelters, museums, court houses, probation departments, youth correctional facilities, consumer affairs offices, houses of worship, YMCA programs and homeless shelters.

?In this time of economic distress, we need volunteers more than ever. College students represent an enormous pool of idealism and energy to help tackle some of our toughest challenges,? said Stephen Goldsmith, vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees the Honor Roll. ?We salute Raritan Valley Community College for making community service a campus priority, and thank the millions of college students who are helping to renew America through service to others.?

Overall, the Corporation honored six schools with Presidential Awards. In addition, 83 were named as Honor Roll With Distinction members and 546 schools as Honor Roll members. In total, 635 schools were recognized. A full list is available at www.nationalservice.gov/honorroll .

The Honor Roll is a program of the Corporation, in collaboration with the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.

For information about Raritan Valley Community College?s Service Learning Program, visit www.raritanval.edu/servicelearning or contact Lori Moog, director of Service Learning and Community Outreach, lmoog@raritanval.edu .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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