Inver Hills students connect with their communities
During the second week of each semester, the Service-Learning department at Inver Hills Community College hosts a Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Fair, inviting the college’s community partners to the Inver Grove Heights campus to meet with students who are participating in a service-learning experience through their course of study, or who wish to get involved through volunteer work. The event provides numerous pathways for students to get connected to their communities via a large variety of service opportunities at locations throughout the Twin Cities.
“This spring semester, despite the sub-zero weather, twenty-five different agencies took part in the fair,” said Katie Halcrow, director of service-learning at the college. “We had VIPs, or Very Important Partners, visit our campus to network with our students, representing agencies ranging from The Arc Greater Twin Cities to the American Red Cross to Great River Greening to the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation.”
“The Civic Engagement Fair at Inver Hills Community College gave me and The Arc the opportunity to connect with students to the mission and volunteer needs of our organization while at the same time assisting students in meeting their service learning course requirements. It was a great partnership building event.” — Michelle Theisen, Volunteer Development Manager, The Arc Greater Twin Cities in St. Paul
Halcrow wished to thank everyone who attended the Service-Learning Civic Engagement Fair. She received very positive feedback from students, faculty and Tim Wynes, J.D., the president of the college, about the number and variety of organizations who participated.
“I let our partners know we could not have hosted such a successful event without their tremendous assistance,” Halcrow said. “We know they have busy schedules, and we truly appreciate the time they took to show our students the many and varied ways that they can connect with the community—and learn something in the process.”
“The Civic Engagement Fair was a great opportunity for Opportunity Partners to meet with some of the fabulous students and staff from IHCC. As a nonprofit disability organization that benefits from many volunteers who help us fulfill our mission, we were especially impressed by the students’ excitement and interest in learning more about volunteering and service learning opportunities in their community. Thank you for hosting a great event!” — Liz Burgard, Volunteer Manager, Opportunity Partners in Minnetonka, Minn.
For more information about Service-Learning and civic engagement at Inver Hills Community College, contact:
- Katie Halcrow
Director of Service-Learning