The Community Service Award recognizes the social responsibility of a member campus for its leadership and dedication to programs that benefit the community. Such programs providescholarshipaid to disadvantaged students and foster community relations and special activities.
2012 Winner: Pima Medical Institute, Mesa, Ariz.
Pima Medical institute in Mesa, Ariz., exemplifies the spirit of generosity APSCU hoped to honor when it created the Community Service Award. Pima students are encouraged to participate in community service projects throughout the year. In 2011, Pima’s Mesa campus created 14 projects supportinglocal and globalorganizations.
“Hope Fest” was designed to provide multiple resources to the homeless. Throughout the day, students provided 50 of their neighbors with health screening and counseling services. The students also raised $13,857 for the American Lung Association and participated in charity walks and runs for the Nurses Foundation Scholarship and the American Cancer Society. Students have collected school supplies, held several drives to collect various items, supported the Lions Club and the Girl Scouts, and even extended their reach internationally to donate flocks of chickens to communities in developing countries.
The students participate in all of these projects while attending school, and APSCU couldn’t be happier to present the 2012 Community Service Award to the Pima Medical Institute in Mesa, Ariz.
PSCUs open doors to many of the 9.1 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.