LATI Receives National Recognition for Community Service

May 20, 2011  Washington, D.C.                  The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has selected Lake Area Technical Institute as a leader among institutions of higher education for their support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.  Lake Area Tech was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for engaging its students, faculty and staff in meaningful service that achieves measurable results in the community.

Deb Shephard, President of Lake Area Tech states, “It gives such a great sense of pride in our staff and students to receive this highly respected national award for the third consecutive year.  Social responsibility is one of the cornerstones that we instill in our students. Working on community service projects plays an important role in the students’ overall personal growth and educational training.  This past year, with all projects combined, Lake Area Tech students and staff have given over 13,000 hours back to the community.”

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth.

Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service.

Lake Area Tech students and staff have volunteered their time and talents over the past year to over fifty projects in the Watertown community serving at least one third of the population.  Food drives, health care assistance, flood relief, community events, benefits, and many other student activities have contributed to receiving the award.