For Immediate Release - Southwest Tennessee Community College

Date: May 13, 2011

Southwest Tennessee Community College Receives National Recognition for Community Service

Washington, D.C. – As colleges across the country honor their graduates this commencement season, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) honored Southwest Tennessee Community College as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Southwest was admitted to the 2010 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

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. Of that total, 511 were named to the Honor Roll, 114 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 11 were identified as finalists, and six received the Presidential Award.

"Congratulations to Southwest 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," said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS.

"Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning that involves academic pursuits combined with service to the community, allowing students to gain valuable hands-on experience in their field of study," said Lisa E. Hadley, associate professor of business administration for Southwest. "While service-learning at Southwest is aimed at enhancing student learning outcomes, it also teaches civic responsibility, while helping to meet the needs of those in our community."

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For more information contact: Brenda J. Rayner, (901) 333-4247, bjrayner@southwest.tn.edu, Farris Bldg., Room 1002, 5983 Macon Cove, Memphis, TN 38134