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NWTC nationally honored for giving back

Kara Leiterman

Wednesday October 26, 2016
GREEN BAY – From building cabins for a Wisconsin camp for people with special needs to easing the fear of being in the hospital, service-learning at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has become a staple for students, faculty and the community.

For second year in a row, the College has been nationally recognized on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in the areas of economic opportunity, education and general community service. Each year the honor roll highlights colleges and universities for their role in helping solve community problems and encouraging students to serve their community.

 “Service-learning is a unique, high impact method of teaching that is integrated into courses by way of projects with both learning and community action goals,” said Rachel Aderholdt, NWTC service-learning & civic engagement coordinator.

She added on one hand, you have students gaining hands on experience relating to the career field they are pursuing. On the other, students have the opportunity to meet real needs and strengthen our communities.

Service-learning projects have long been a strong part of NWTC and the popularity of the projects has significantly increased over the years. During the 2015-2016 academic year, students and staff completed 271 projects for over 140 non-profits and businesses across Northeast Wisconsin – compared to 64 projects in 2007.
 
“For many of our students, they won't remember what was in chapter 4. They will however remember experiences they've had in which lives are touched, and real lives are changed. By flipping the classroom, students are held responsible for learning plan competencies, but they're also held responsible for team formation, real problem-solving, real engagement in their community, and altruistic behavior – thinking of someone else's needs beyond their own.  For many, this is the first time experience,” said Andy Clark, NWTC instructor.

Knowing they are making a difference is an opportunity like no other for NWTC students and the northeast Wisconsin community.

 “The student’s take more pride in their work when they see that they’re solving real problems and producing tangible outcomes. It’s a valuable experience that many will carry with them beyond their time at NWTC, and for the rest of their lives,” said Aderholdt.
 
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