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Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565

Phone: (239) 590-1006
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FGCU Wins National Recognition for Community Service

FORT MYERS, FL - In 15 years, Florida Gulf Coast University students have devoted more than 1 million hours to community organizations as part of the university's service-learning program. For its extraordinary efforts, FGCU has been named to the Corporation for National and Community Service's Honor Roll with Distinction for its work in strong institutional commitment to service, developing campus-community partnerships that produce measurable impact, and engaging students in meaningful service.

Programs like FGCU's are being modeled throughout the American educational system, according to Service Learning Director Jessica Rhea. "It is gaining momentum in higher education because it is a high-impact teaching practice that increases content knowledge, higher-order thinking, citizenship skills, academic engagement, and success."

Students participate in 80 hours of service-based learning prior to graduating. The EaglesConnect program helps them match personal passions and academic goals with more than 300 agencies, including social, legal and health services, environmental organizations, educational institutions and much more.

For a full article on the award-winning program, visit Winter 2012 issue.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, recognized a total of 642 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Of that total, 513 were named to the Honor Roll, 110 received the recognition of Honor Roll with distinction, 14 were identified as finalists, and five received the Presidential Award. For a full list of recipients, visit

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

For further information, media representatives should contact Jessica Rhea at (239) 590-7016.

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