Want to get involved with York College’s CCE? Here are several suggestions.

By Ulices Samaniego

THE Center for Community Engagement (CCE) helps promote York College’s positive relationship with the City of York and surrounding area.

By developing different programs and events, CCE connects York College students, faculty, and academic resources to help the needs of the organizations, businesses and initiatives in the York community.

CCE is always looking to get students involved. Throughout the years it has made an effort to help out the York City community. It offers numerous programs that help get students involved and also holds events throughout the school year, which can be found on the CCE website.

But in some cases it might be confusing for some students how they can get involved. Here’s a list, courtesy of Rebekah Eyre, the senior administrative assistant at the CCE.

  • Service-Learning Opportunities

Students in any major who are interested in service-learning opportunities can contact Cody Miller, director of service initiatives, at cmiller22@ycp.edu. York College’s annual SpartanServe event provides an opportunity for York College students to volunteer with local organizations, and there are often additional opportunities for students to volunteer at community events throughout the year.

  • Community-Based Learning projects

Students in any major interested in participating in a community-based learning project can contact Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the CCE, at dcarpini@ycp.edu. There are a number of community organizations looking to partner with York College faculty and students on research projects, and the members of the staff are happy to discuss ways that students might get involved, either through a course or on their own.

The Stauffers Mural Project, in which York College students helped Stauffer’s Biscuit Company, the York-based baker of the Original Animal Cracker, celebrate its 150th anniversary by refreshing the look of its Cookie & Snack Outlet. (Photo from Center for Community Engagement)
  • Scholar programs

Each spring, current first-year students (rising sophomores) in YCCOSP and the Changemakers community are eligible to apply for the Hope Scholars program (one of the programs that comprises the Engaged Scholars), which is for students committed to equity in opportunity and education for York’s residents. First-year STEM Scholars can also apply to become a part of the Engaged Scholars Honors Community in their sophomore year; if interested, they can reach out to the STEM Scholar program leaders. The Graham Collaborative Innovation Fellows and the Eisenhart Community Scholars programs also occasionally have openings for rising sophomores each spring. Current first-year students in any major can contact Karin Swartz, assistant dean of the CCE, at kswartz1@ycp.edu for more information about the scholar programs.

Ulices Samaniego is a senior majoring in integrated marketing communications.

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