CC focuses on civic learning, engagement

Civic engagement is part of the mission at Mount Wachusett Community College in Massachusetts, writes Fagan Forhan, director of experiential learning and opportunities and civic engagement.

More than 10 years ago, President Daniel Asquino asked faculty, staff, and community leaders to develop a plan to integrate service learning into courses and make civic involvement part of the college culture.

A newly endowed Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement, funded by an anonymous donor, supports the work of faculty, students and community groups. The center houses internship, career placement and job readiness programs.

Service learning has improved retention and completion rates and helped students prepare for transfer and careers, Forhan writes.