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*MTCC VISTA- UM Partner with Place
 
 
 
UM’s freshman retention rates are lower than the national average. First generation and low income students graduate at an even lower rate (36% compared to 48%) according to College Factual. The cycle of poverty continues when first generation and low income students do not graduate from college. Service learning is a high impact practice, one that many schools are now requiring their students to participate in because many educators report seeing student engagement, academic achievement, and civic responsibilities increase through service learning (Center for Global Education). The University of Montana offers a wide variety of academic enrichment opportunities for students: civic engagement, internships, study abroad, undergraduate research and creative activity, National Student Exchange, and more. These programs have a positive impact on new student recruitment, retention, student success (graduation rate), and improved post-graduate career opportunities. A study conducted in 2016 found that service-learning has a positive effect on academic outcomes for low income, first generation college students. The study reports that “above and beyond the influence of pre-college characteristics and college experiences, low income first generation (LIFG) students’ participation in service-learning courses was positively associated with college GPA—perhaps the most indicative and certainly the most common measurement of academic achievement. The persistence of a relationship between participating in service-learning and college GPA, despite including other variables in the model (e.g., race, high school GPA, primary major, and institutional selectivity,) suggests that service-learning is a meaningful activity for LIFG students’ academic success. With the VISTA’s help, UM’s Office for Civic Engagement will increase the impact of its service learning program, helping low income first generation students successfully graduate from the UM.
 
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Member Duties : The UM Partner with Place VISTA will build institutional capacity to support high impact practices for student success by helping to develop mechanisms for a campus-wide sustainable internship program and service learning program; conduct a campus survey to map current assets and resources in support of internships and service learning; research and present models for training and supporting campus departments that engage students in internships and service learning programs; and support campus and community partnerships for internships and service learning experiences. More specifically, the VISTA will develop mechanisms to create a sustainable internship program; create pathways for internships on tribal reservations; create incentives for credit-bearing internships; and determine data already being collected about Missoula employers’ professional development needs of their current employees and internship/service-learning needs.
 
Program Benefits : Childcare assistance if eligible ,  Health Coverage* ,  Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend ,  Training ,  Relocation Allowance ,  Education award upon successful completion of service ,  Living Allowance . 
 
 
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA healthcare benefits, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
 
Terms :
Permits working at another job during off hours ,  Car recommended ,  Permits attendance at school during off hours . 
 
Service Areas :
Education ,  Community Outreach . 
 
Skills :
Education ,  Team Work ,  Community Organization ,  Writing/Editing ,  Communications . 
 
 
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SUMMARY
Program Type:
AmeriCorps VISTA

Program
*MTCC VISTA- UM Partner with Place

Program Start/End Date
01/21/2020  -   01/19/2021

Work Schedule Full Time

Education level
College graduate

Age Requirement
Minimum:  18    Maximum:  None

Program Locations MONTANA  

Accepting Applications
From  04/29/2019  To  12/31/2019 

Contact Callye Foster
32 Campus Dr
Missoula   MT   59812
4062432379
foster@mtcompact.org
www.mtcompact.org/
 
AmeriCorps VISTA

Listing ID 88745


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