For the third year in a row, Tennessee Tech University has been recognized for its commitment to community service by its inclusion in a national honor roll.
Thousands of TTU students dedicate hours of their time to helping the community every year and once again, the Corporation for National and Community Service has included the university on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
“Our students, faculty, staff and administrators have always had a tradition of serving others,” TTU President Bob Bell said. “We appreciate the recognition because it is another affirmation that we are reaching our potential as a caring campus.”
During the 2009-10 school year, more than 2,800 students completed 13,000 hours of community or academic service learning projects, ranging from helping staff several activities at Cookeville’s Fall Fun Festival to organizing a 9/11 Appreciation Day.
“They’ve made friends for life,” Michelle Huddleston, TTU’s university service director, said. “Getting students involved not only in a campus activity but a community activity ties them not just to the university but to Cookeville. It gives them a community experience, not just a campus experience.”
The National Research Council identifies service learning as one of the most effective strategies for improving student engagement and academic learning. Research has demonstrated that high quality service learning strengthens academic achievement, school attendance, and classroom engagement; connects students to their communities; and reduces risky behaviors.
"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, chief executive officer of CNCS. “Congratulations to Tennessee Tech and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.”
The corporation is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit www.NationalService.gov.