| COMMUNITY IMPACT
Inspire local and global changeWorcester State University has been a vital part of the fabric of our region since our founding in 1874. One measure of our community impact is the thousands of service hours contributed by our students, faculty and staff every year. In 2014, our volunteers donated approximately 150,000 hours, working with about 350 community partners, who are opening doors to our students and sharing their expertise with our faculty. This commitment earned us the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching in 2015.
We encourage our campus community to work together with the greater community to create and inspire local and community change. Opportunities to get involved include:
We serve as a resource to the wider community in others ways as well. Our Speech–Language-Hearing Center provides services to community members of all ages. Our Intensive English Language Institute offers community ESL programs; and our Latino Education Institute provides outreach services for Latino K-16 students and their families. Learn more about other Local Resources. Global OutreachOur community impact doesn’t stop at our borders. Worcester State students and faculty are working in health clinics, schools, conservation areas, and other locations around the world, such as our service-learning program in Managua, Nicaragua.We believe seeing the world is the first step to creating positive global change. We encourage students to pursue a study abroad experience to gain the global perspective and cultural literacy required for success in today’s multinational job market. By witnessing global challenges first hand, our students will be better prepared to change how the world works.