AmeriCorps NCCC

What are members' service hours?

Service hours are set by the particular project to which the team has been assigned; therefore they may vary. They can range from serving three weeks straight for 12 to 14 hours a day (such as disaster relief work or fire-fighting, where the need is great) to serving hours that resemble more of a regular work week (Monday to Friday or Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM).

May an individual serve in AmeriCorps NCCC if he or she has used, or is currently using, illegal drugs?

AmeriCorps NCCC is a drug-free environment. All members are tested within 14 days of reporting to the campus and randomly throughout the program year. Members may also be tested when the Region Director determines that there is reasonable suspicion to do so.  Dismissal proceedings will be held for Members who test positive for illegal drugs.

Are there other activities that will support my educational or personal development while in the program?

Members participate in service-learning activities that are designed to increase their understanding of the service they do, the communities where they serve, and the importance of civic responsibility. Examples of service-learning activities include doing research about a project that a team will do, participating in structured reflection sessions and keeping a journal about the NCCC experience, and developing a service project portfolio at the conclusion of each project.

What skills will I learn while in the program?

Members will receive a variety of training and learn different skills through the service projects they perform. All members receive CPR/First Aid and Disaster Relief certification training from the Red Cross. They learn leadership skills, conflict management, team-building, community building, and many practical skills through formal and informal learning environments. Service learning is a priority for NCCC and is part of the member’s entire term of service.

Is it possible to receive college credit for participating in AmeriCorps?

Yes, we currently offer undergraduate credit for the following courses: Introduction to Service Learning (3 credit hours) and Supervisory Skills (3 credit hours). Team Leaders can pursue credit in both courses whereas Members are only eligible to pursue credit in the Introduction to Service Learning course. Both courses require classroom and fieldwork throughout the year of service culminating with a final exam.

What does "spike" mean?

A spike is a project that requires the team to establish temporary housing in the community where the project is being conducted because it is too far from the campus to travel to and from every day. Spike accommodations have included camping, military facilities, youth hostels, cabins, private residences, dormitories, etc. The team will live in that community for the duration of the project in whatever facilities that are provided.

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