Campus View: Service Learning Becomes a New Standard for Maysville Community and Technical College | MCTC

Campus View: Service Learning Becomes a New Standard for Maysville Community and Technical College

Hannah Diedrichsen
Service-learning Administrative Coordinator
Maysville Community and Technical College

The Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) family of instructors and staff members has more than one reason to be proud. Not only are MCTC students succeeding academically, they are also giving back to their communities. Last year over 150 students and 10 faculty members from a variety of academic disciplines were recognized for volunteering their skills and time to local small businesses and non-profit organizations.

In addition to devoting over 1,800 hours to service, MCTC students participated in the First Annual Service-Learning Poster Competition sponsored by the colleges Service-Learning Team. The judging criteria were based on the degree to which each poster showed evidence of student service integrated with skills application. Each submission was related to a chosen academic discipline. The grand prize was awarded to a small group of students who designed a community awareness project surrounding Epogen, an anemia treatment. A second place tie was awarded to a student-organized fundraiser for the Peoples Clinic of Morehead and the Owsley County Public Library Book Drive coordinated by the student organization, Literati. The prizes for the competition were purchased through a mini grant funded by Maysville Community and Technical College.

In 2009 MCTC was recognized as one of fourteen Kentucky institutions and the only Kentucky community and technical college awarded a position on the Presidents Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. MCTC recognizes service-learning as: "Teaching that reaches beyond the classroom in a mutually beneficial way for students, faculty and the community." The number of courses requiring service-learning at MCTC has jumped from about five per semester to ten this year. One of my goals as the Service-Learning administrative coordinator is to establish partnerships with community groups that will outlast the involvement of a particular faculty member or service-learning class. As the Service-Learning administrative coordinator, I will be coordinating and facilitating the management of service-learning at MCTC while providing assistance to the colleges Service-Learning team, faculty, staff, students and community partners.

MCTCs Service-Learning team is led by Brianna Whitten, an instructor in the Liberal Arts and Education Division. Other team members are: Jeannette Dickison, Liberal Arts amp; Education, Margo Hamm, Library, Justin Weiss, Math amp; Science, Stanley Click, Industrial Technologies, Darla Hunt, Business amp; Information Technologies, Sally Parker, Health Sciences, Donna Slone, Liberal Arts amp; Education and Karey Smith, Workforce Solutions.

This year MCTC plans to continue expanding upon service-learning efforts by increasing partnerships with local schools, finding new and better ways to promote service-learning in the community, increasing professional development opportunities, and increasing public relations and awareness of service-learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff . For more information on service-learning at MCTC see our website. If you have any questions concerning service-learning at MCTC please contact me at 606-783-1538 ext. 66373 or by e-mail. You may also contact Brianna Whitten at 606-759-7141 ext. 66171.