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MTCC -Helena College: Building Community-Based Learning
 
 
 
Helena College University of Montana, a comprehensive two-year college, provides access to and support of lifelong educational opportunities to our diverse community. Montana ranks 8th lowest in the nation for college graduation rates, with less than half of all college students graduating within six years. Research demonstrates that service learning and community engagement are high impact practices within higher education that result in greater student success and ultimately graduation from college/university thereby increasing earning capacity of students and moving them out of poverty. 57% of the Helena College student body receive Pell grants and 27.2% of high school students receive Free and Reduced Lunch. The service-learning program will help engage low-income students (the majority of students) in service-learning opportunities. The College 5 Year Average Fall to Fall Retention Rate is 53% and the 5 Year Average Graduation Rate (within 3 years of entering) is 26%. Research demonstrates that service learning and community engagement are high impact practices within higher education that result in greater student success and ultimately graduation from college/university thereby increasing earning capacity of students and moving them out of poverty.
 
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Member Duties : This project will specifically focus on engaging low-income, first generation, or other underrepresented/at-risk students in community-based learning opportunities. VISTA service will consist of activities such as: College-wide assessment of current community engagement practices, including how to improve documentation of those activities, to support strategic priorities and Core Themes objectives; Identifying areas of strengths and gaps within the current approach; Helping to build internal and external relationships in support of community-based learning; Building upon existing advisory boards/committees of campus personnel who can work together to build policies and practices conducive to meeting student and community needs; Creating a communication/collaboration plan between the campus and community to build engagement opportunities that connect well with academic curriculum and identified community needs.
 
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Living Allowance ,  Health Coverage* ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Car recommended ,  Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Leadership ,  Communications ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  General Skills ,  Education . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
MTCC -Helena College: Building Community-Based Learning

Program Start/End Date
07/23/2018  -   07/22/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  03/28/2018  To  07/23/2018 

Contact Erin Barstow
20 Davidson Honors College
Missoula   MT   59812
4062435458
barstow@mtcompact.org
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 75136


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