COMMUNITY IMPACT

  • Community Impact

    Inspire local and global change

    Worcester 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 the 2016-17 academic year, more than 2,400 of our students completed approximately 161,600 hours of service in 508 engagement opportunities. 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 change. Opportunities to get involved include:

    • John J. Binienda Center for Civic Engagement. Multidisciplinary programs encourage collaboration among faculty and local organizations and businesses to develop student projects and internships. 
    • Community and Leadership Experience at Worcester State (CLEWS). A selective program for first-year students combining academic and leadership development in a living-learning environment.
    • Internships, practicums, and clinicals. Hands-on learning opportunities with local businesses, healthcare organizations and non-profit community partners, offer students a chance to apply their knowledge in real and meaningful ways.

    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 our other Local Resources.

    Global Outreach
    Our 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.

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    2,400
    Total number of students who completed 161,646 hours of service in 508 engagement opportunities
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    720
    Students who completed service-learning projects
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    156
    Students placed in internships
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    16,246
    Number of hours that students volunteered for community projects