Raritan Valley Community College

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2009 Presidential Award
Special Focus Area: Service to Youth From Disadvantaged Circumstances


Raritan Valley Community College
Branchburg, New Jersey

Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) is not a big school, but it has big ideals. Its mission to create a community of learners who value intellectual achievement, scholarship, diversity of thought, leadership, and service to the community affords its students a supportive climate to address significant social concerns.

One of RVCC’s hallmark programs is service-learning, which enables students to receive academic credit for community service within all nine of the academic departments at the College. In 2009, 1,000 students at the College provided over 30,000 hours of service to local communities. The total time students donated to numerous organizations and their clients over the year resulted in the economic equivalent of over $600,000 in service.

Service-learning students volunteered at various organizations with at-risk middle and high school youth. They worked as tutors and assisted with ESL classes, bringing one-on-one academic assistance in all subject areas and, when possible, involving those students’ parents.

At homeless shelters, the College’s students planned and delivered workshops on career and college planning. They also collaborated with staff at mental health and developmental agencies to improve learning for students with disabilities.

And, they didn’t stop there. Students addressed illiteracy in the community by offering reading programs for pre- and elementary school children.

Raritan Valley Community College is proud of its role as a civic leader and the hard work its students do to fulfill its mission of positively impacting the community. Through the combined work of the college, its students, and local businesses, the College is making a remarkable impact on the region it serves. And since many of its graduates continue volunteering long after their service learning projects end, the true impact of RVCC is immeasurable.

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