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ETSU named in ‘Guide to Service-Learning’

Wednesday, January 07, 2009JOHNSON CITY — The newly released 2008/2009 edition of the Guide to Service-Learning Colleges and Universities contains a profile of East Tennessee State University.

Created by Student Horizons Inc., the volume is published by Kendall Hunt and is available through amazon.comas well as the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse Web site at www.servicelearning.org/.

A concentrated effort toward service-learning began at ETSU in 1993. The nationally recognized program has established partnerships throughout the eight counties in Northeast Tennessee and beyond.

Each semester, some 50 agencies are served by ETSU students through service-learning projects and classes. The broad range of community needs being met includes programs for youth, the elderly, the homeless, and animals. Among the other areas involved are hospices, schools, medical needs, parks and recreation, special education, mental retardation, home repair, Habitat for Humanity home building, conservation, at-risk children, libraries and literacy, crisis situations, hunger, historic sites, museums, and therapeutic services.

During an average semester, ETSU offers 10-12 service-learning courses. Some 1,000 students participate annually in those classes. Service-learning provides students with authentic learning opportunities related to classroom content and enhanced by first-hand knowledge of classroom principals.

For further information, contact Teresa Brooks Taylor, assistant director of ETSU service-learning, at (423) 439-8218.

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