Western Piedmont Community College is committed to civic engagement and believes this service is an integral component of meeting the College’s mission to improve lives and promote growth in the community.
Civic Engagement is defined as “individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern. Civic engagement can take many forms, from individual voluntarism to organizational involvement to electoral participation. It can include efforts to directly address an issue, work with others in a community to solve a problem or interact with the institutions of representative democracy” (American Psychological Association).
Civic Engagement at Western Piedmont Community College takes place in a variety of ways.
Faculty, staff and students provide hundreds of hours of service to the community through the college’s campus-wide volunteer opportunities. These include the Days of Service, Burke Reads, the Get Unplugged! Get Outdoors! Day, and the college Habitat for Humanity team. Student clubs and organizations provide service in activities ranging from voter registration drives to volunteering in local schools.
Service Learning combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in activities that address local needs while developing student academic skills and commitment to their community.
The College hosts free public events that promote life-long learning and create a culture of inquiry in the community. Speakers series, such as the Fall Speakers Forum/Ervin Constitutional Issues Program, address topics of local, national and/or international importance.Cultural events include art exhibits, concerts, drama productions and activities that celebrate diversity.
The College welcomes the opportunity to work with organizations to address needs in our community. Agencies, non-profits, and other groups may contact Beth Parrish at 448-3133 to discuss how the College’s Civic Engagement program can assist them in their work in our community.