Lone Star College-Kingwood was recently recognized for its outstanding performance in service learning by the organization, Beyond the Books.
Professor Brian Shmaefsky heads up the college's service learning and says, "Service learning instills the value of social responsibility in students. It also teaches students to use their classroom knowledge in ways that promotes sustainable efforts that improve the quality of life in our community and the global community."
This recognition was given after an extensive selection process in which the college was judged on quality and scope of service learning projects as well as the sustainability of the Service Learning Program, explains Professor Shmaefsky.
"I want to thank the entire faculty who selflessly volunteer their time to carry out service learning projects with their students. They are the backbone of the service learning program. However, the program would not be possible without the support of the administration and staff who promote our service learning efforts."
Research studies link service-learning with better academic outcomes, higher student retention, more in-depth career exploration, and the development of skills related to social and civic responsibility.
"Many employers are interested in hiring people who are willing to be a part in community development and volunteerism. They also want to see their workers use specialized training to assist with community needs," says Professor Shmaefsky.
Beyond the Books is a part of Student Horizons, a company devoted to higher education. Beyond the Books keeps a comprehensive database of information for future and current college students to find unique learning opportunities that will enhance and define their educational experience and serves as a means for learning institutions to increase national exposure of their programs.
Register online and by phone for the December mini-mester and spring term at kingwood.lonestar.edu/goto/registration or 281-591-6625. On-site registration is available during regular offices hours beginning Nov. 26. New students attending for the first time from other colleges or universities must have an official college transcript sent to Lone Star College-Kingwood prior to registration and should also complete the online admissions application at www.lonestar.edu/goto/apply.htm.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at kingwood.lonestar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit www.lonestar.edu.