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1 Community Engagement at MCC

2 Who Are We? Shannon Snow, Assistant Director for Long Range Planning and Community Engagement Lindsey Spaustat, Community Engagement Coordinator Fort Omaha Campus We oversee AmeriCorps, Volunteer Services, and Community Based Education

3 Our Mission To help support, provide, and/or coordinate meaningful community engagement learning opportunities at MCC. We know we can and will S.E.E. positive results at MCC and in our community by: Supporting all community engagement activities that take place in and out of the classroom at MCC everyday Equipping faculty, staff, and students with tools and resources that promote meaningful learning opportunities Empowering everyone at MCC with the knowledge and reality that each of us can make a difference

4 What is Community Based Education? Community Based Education (CBE) is any type of learning that involves the community including traditional Service Learning projects, tours of the community or businesses, interviews of external stakeholders and more. By expanding Service Learning to CBE, the office is able to provide support to a larger scope of classroom initiatives that engage the community.

5 CE Examples Nancy Conrad and Ryan Newton - Leadership Class Dave Horst and Trevor Secora - MCC Cares (Service Project) Human Relations – Service Project Nanci Stephenson – ReStore event and now class project Steve Lovett – Sustainability Infusion Susan Trinkle and Miguelito Giroux – Mural Project Kris Engler – Brownfields Books are Treats and Books by the Busload

6 External Project Development Process Application Community Based Education Project Application is filled out by the host organization. CBE Review CBE staff review the project based on the criteria outlined in the application. If the application meets the criteria, the project is moved on. If not, CBE will communicate with the host organization regarding the application and make changes if appropriate. Project Summary Document Once CBE Staff have reviewed the application, they will work with the host organization to put together a Project Summary Document that will serve as a discussion piece for the Academic Deans and Faculty who may be involved in the project. If the project is large in scope, a meeting with the host organization may be held in place of document creation. Academic Dean’s Review The Academic Dean reviews the project application for consistency with learning objectives and capacity of the Academic Area to do the project. If approved by the Dean the project is moved to the next step. Executive Review If the project is for a private/for-profit company, or if the project requires substantial College resources it will be reviewed by the Executive Vice President for approval prior to moving to the next step.

7 External Project Development Process Find a Faculty Champion CBE Staff will work with Academic Deans to find a Faculty Champion or if appropriate multiple Champions for the project. If a Faculty Champion is found, the project will move forward. Identify Project Team Once a Faculty Champion is identified, the CBE Staff will identify the project team, project manager, and define the team responsibilities. Project Partner Meeting Project manager will coordinate a meeting with the host organization and project team to discuss the academic opportunities around the project. If all parties are in agreement at the meeting, the project will move forward and a project timeline will be established. Implementation CBE Staff will work with the Faculty Champion to implement the project timeline. This includes getting all paperwork associated with the project signed (MOU’s, etc.) and supporting the faculty with project implementation where appropriate.

8 Types of Support Outlined on the CBE Project Development Form Provide a list of community resources Logistics Support including room reservations, supply pickup, on site support and more. Arrange transportation Assist with paperwork Act as a liaison to other MCC departments and the community as needed

9 Community Engagement Growth Fund The purpose of the Community Engagement Program Growth fund is to support Community Engagement efforts at MCC including AmeriCorps, Volunteer Services and Community Based Education. Faculty may request funding for class projects from the Community Engagement Office. Community Engagement Office will work with the faculty to secure Foundation approval BEFORE the project has began. Awards will be first come first served. Maximum levels will be determined quarterly ($250 Fall) Employees may contribute to the fund as part of the employee campaign, payroll deduction or one time gift.

10 OrgSync Card Swipe Accountability- All forms needed in one place Co-curricular Transcripts ePortfolio

11 Where OrgSync is Used 400+ Campuses Worldwide Lightest – 1 to 3 Campuses Middle – 4 to 8 Campuses Dark – More than 8 Campuses

12 What should be tracked? Volunteer Hours not tied to a credit class (MCC Cares = 16 clock hours, MLK day = 4 clock hours) AmeriCorps Hours (300 clock hours Minimum) CBE Hours conducted outside of the classroom (HMRL Service Project = 6 clock hours) CBE Hours conducted inside the classroom (Mural Project = 77 clock hours, Sustainability Infused Composition = 45 clock hours) For in class hours to count, the student must receive a grade of B or better in the course.

13 Community Scholar Program Pilot phase 2014-15 Academic Year CBE, Service and AmeriCorps Service Hours count towards recognition. Three different levels of recognition Community Ambassador (100 clock hours) Community Advocate (150 clock hours) Community Scholar (200 clock hours) Specific recognition categories are being finalized, possibilities include: Recognition in graduation program Recognition at graduation through a robe or pin Invitation to a recognition reception Recorded on official transcript

14 Community Engagement Opportunities Fashion Week Brownfields West Dodge Pointe Fort Omaha Campus Development Days of Service

15 Contact Information Lindsey Spaustat 402-457-2324 Shannon Snow 402-457-2617 Website

16 Thank You!!

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