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MTCC - Flathead Valley Community College Student Success
 
 
 
2013-14 student FAFSA filings and self-reported data indicate that 88.7% of students enrolled at Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) are low-income. During 2013-14, 1778 students received some form of financial assistance. 42.4% of enrolled students at FVCC in 2013-14 disclosed that they were first generation college students, meaning neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree or higher. The current retention rate of students at FVCC is 58% and the graduation rate is 28%. Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, MT promotes excellence in lifelong learning, focusing on student success and community needs. Research demonstrates that mentoring programs and service learning/community engagement increase student success and ultimately graduation from a college or university, increasing earning capacity of students and moving them out of poverty. FVCC currently has five mentors available on a walk-in basis, meeting the needs of only a small number of students. Expanding this program by involving community partners and campus stakeholders will allow more student to utilize the mentoring programs. Flathead Valley Community College is also challenged, due to lack of human resources, to build systems that will sustain service learning and community engagement experiences for students. The VISTA will help build infrastructure to increase college completion rates among low-income students, increasing their earning potential and moving students out of poverty.
 
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Member Duties : Complete campus-wide assessment of current community engagement practices; Build Internal and external relationships and infrastructure in support of community-based learning and community engagement; Establish an advisory committee of students, campus personnel and community partners to establish policies and procedures to meet the needs of students and community partners; Build capacity for Community Involvement programming benefiting disadvantaged, first generation students; Engage low-income, at-risk, non-traditional student in community involvement programming (volunteerism, service learning, Service Saturdays, etc.) to increase retention rates of this group of students; Develop a campus-based and community-based mentoring program for this target group.
 
Program Benefits : Living Allowance ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Health Coverage* ,  Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance . 
 
 
*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 ,  Community and Economic Development . 
 
Skills :
General Skills ,  Education ,  Team Work ,  Leadership . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
MTCC - Flathead Valley Community College Student Success

Program Start/End Date
08/20/2018  -   08/19/2019

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Languages
English

Accepting Applications
From  03/22/2018  To  08/01/2018 

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

Listing ID 79291


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