Service Learning Projects

Help America Vote Act Grant (HAVA)
This grant was funded through the United States Election Assistance Commission and awarded to NCC in 2004 and 2008 for the presidential elections. Service learning students and the general student population were recruited to serve as poll workers on election-day, as well as provide support to the Monroe, Lehigh and Northampton counties' voter registration offices prior to election-day.

Students were trained to work at the polls, which included operating the voting machines. Students also spent many hours providing assistance in the offices filing, sorting, and addressing envelopes. They were given a "behind the scenes" look at what actually happens prior to pulling the lever at the polls. Because of the high voter registration and voter turnout during the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, NCC student support was essential. Students were able to become a vital part of the election process - up close and personal.

Supporting Actions for Engagement (SAFE GRANT)
This grant was funded through the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE) and the Corporation for National and Community Services. The focus of the grant was to incorporate domestic preparedness/homeland security activities into existing courses via service learning.

Veterinary technology students dedicated their entire project to pet preparedness and pet emergencies. Students were ahead of the curve with their project and with the onset of hurricanes Katrina and Rita were poised to support pet relief efforts. Students prepared themselves initially by becoming CERT trained (basic first responder skills); developed pet emergency/preparedness kits, and informational brochures which were housed in a mobile kiosk used locally to disseminate information. After the disasters in the gulf region, students responded immediately by collecting relief supplies, assembling emergency kits and raising $3000 in support of displaced animals.

Journalism students visited the Northampton County 911 call center and interviewed emergency service personnel. Interviews contained reflections by the personnel on their roles as emergency services providers as well as the students' own reflections. Students then wrote articles for the college newspaper.

Nursing students researched how and why domestic preparedness is important for the medical community and displayed posters at local schools. They examined such topics as bioterrorism awareness, radioactive attacks, anthrax and bioterrorism, the effects of terrorism on blood banks, and American Red Cross' preparedness education programs.

Criminology students volunteered at the local SPCA, specifically targeting the safety and animal abuse division. Journals and findings were presented to the SPCA and the classroom.

Biology students created a "Safety Bingo" game for elderly residents in a local nursing home. The intent was to raise the level of awareness of emergency signage among the elderly residents. Two students conducted a research project based on this activity and presented their findings at a national conference on disaster preparedness.

Trinity ARK Soup Kitchen
This college wide initiative between NCC and the soup kitchen has been ongoing since spring 2001. Service learning students have assisted in the preparation, serving and clean up of the meals at the weekly soup kitchen. Biology students also participated in a service learning project at the kitchen in fall 2002. Grant dollars supported the refurbishing of the kitchen and the creation of a stage/storage area for the tables and chairs. In addition to NCC service learning students, faculty, staff and students have been providing a meal the first Saturday of each month since fall 2003.

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