June 08, 2011
Wentworth Receives National Recognition for Community Service
Boston, MA—June 8, 2011—Wentworth Institute of Technology was named to The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The Corporation for National and Community Service admitted Wentworth to the Honor Roll for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement, and for engaging its students, faculty, and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.
Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. This recognition marks the fourth time in six years that Wentworth has been named to the Honor Roll.
Wentworth’s community service efforts are organized by the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships. A sampling of recent projects that highlights Wentworth’s commitment to community service are as follows:
* Community Work Study: Wentworth supported the employment of 60 students who worked nearly 5,000 hours at 19 partner organizations. A core program supported by this initiative is the Mission Hill After-School Program, which is located at Wentworth and provides enrichment and fun activities for children living in neighboring housing complexes. Other roles supported by students participating in Community Work Study include coordinating human resources, refurbishing donated computers, and teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Community Work Study also supports the annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This year students spent 200 volunteer hours helping complete 451 tax returns for community members, resulting in a refund amount of more than $790,000. .
*New Student Civic Engagement Program: Offered as an early introduction to the Mission Hill community for first-year students, the new student civic engagement program partnered with the Nathan Hale Elementary School to provide a volunteer experience for twenty interested students who helped to organize classrooms, paint the playground, reorganize the library, and perform other site maintenance. In addition, this program offered an educational introduction to the community as students participated in a presentation offered by a faculty member to learn more information about service learning opportunities available to them.
* For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics: Wentworth students and faculty serve as mentors to students at the John D. O’Bryant School of Math and Sciences, a Boston Public School with which Wentworth has formed a longstanding partnership, as they design and build a robot for regional and national competitions. FIRST facilitates and enhances the development of high school students in STEM fields through interdisciplinary project work.
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted more than 600 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.
- Dennis Nealon