Maine Campus Compact has been running a VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) program for over 10 years. 2012-13 VISTAs are focusing exclusively on supporting low-income youth in accessing a college education.
Each year, Maine Campus Compact presents awards to faculty, students and campus departments throughout the state who have embraced our mission of reinvigorating the civic component of higher education.
In 2013, MCC will award subgrants of $5,000 to 11 of our member campuses to prepare college students for a lifetime of environmental stewardship. Selected campuses will recruit a team of faculty from a wide variety of disciplines who will integrate community service-learning projects into their courses that directly address climate change or water quality issues.
The Campus Compacts of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont offer a consulting program to support campuses as they integrate service-learning and civic engagement programming into their curricula. Consultants are available to provide technical assistance and development training designed to meet the needs of faculty, administrators, or Community Service Directors.
Through this faculty development project, faculty learn how to infuse service-learning components into online courses to give students hands on, real-world experience to strengthen learning, create connections to the larger community, and improve student retention rates.