LARAMIE, Wyo. (June 13, 2011) – WyoTech-Laramie has been named to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) for the fourth consecutive year. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. Selection to the Honor Roll represents recognition from the highest levels of the federal government of commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement on campus and in the community.
Over 1,000 students from the WyoTech-Laramie campus engaged in some form of community service in 2010. The service projects were varied and included assistance during an unexpected flood in July, which put dozens of homes at risk in the West Laramie area. Students and faculty were able to shovel, fill and distribute truckloads of sand, for a total of 550 hours, to provide barricades for the many homes at risk. Additional service projects included over 3,600 hours at Ghost Tours, a haunted house/historic tour and 2,200 hours at Jubilee Days, a weeklong community festival.
"WyoTech-Laramie students and faculty logged over 16,500 volunteer hours in 2010," noted Guy Warpness, WyoTech-Laramie campus president. "Receiving this honor four consecutive years illustrates our continued commitment to the community."
Kyle Morris, Director of Student Services said. "Our students amaze us year after year with their dedication and willingness to volunteer their time in our community. The fact that our campus has been continually recognized puts a well deserved spotlight on our students and their contributions."
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.
"As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS. "Congratulations to WyoTech-Laramie and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities. We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service."
CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school's commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit www.NationalService.gov/HonorRoll.About WyoTech
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.Contact: