Normandale Community College Named to Presidential Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Normandale Community College was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

Since the Honor Roll started in 2006, Normandale is one of only two schools in the state of Minnesota to receive it every year. Some of the Center for Experiential Education programs that helped Normandale get named to the Honor Roll include service-learning, Normandale's partnerships with Bloomington Public Schools, and the Campus Cupboard. 

The 2014 Honor Roll considers accomplishments from the 2012-2013 school year.  In 2012-2013, Normandale's service-learning program included 45 faculty members and 150 community partners.  Over 1,160 (or 8% of credit-enrolled) students completed about 22,500 service-learning hours. 

Normandale partners with the Bloomington Public Schools on many programs, including the America Reads and Counts program where about 200 Normandale students tutor in math and reading in 15 area schools.  Through America Reads and Counts 980 Bloomington Public School students received 1:1 tutoring, which increased students' basic skills.

The Center for Experiential Education partners with local nonprofit Good in the 'Hood for the Campus Cupboard, a food pantry on campus for Normandale students in need. From August 2012 to June 2013 over 500 unique students in need were served over 12,000 food items.

Inspired by the thousands of college students who traveled across the country to support relief efforts along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina, the Corporation for National and Community Service manages the program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education and Campus Compact.

More information on eligibility and the full list of Honor Roll awardees can be found at http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/CNCS_HonorRollProgram_GeneralCommunityService_508.pdf.