The Office of Continuing Education and Community Engagement facilitates the connection between academic learning and community outreach in order to help students develop skills and values related to civic engagement. CCSU works with its community partners to create opportunities for students to get involved in their communities, create awareness, and contribute to the improvement of their society as a whole.
Dr. James H. Naylor School
CCSU has had a successful partnership with the Naylor School since 1996, including the formalization of a Professional Development School relationship in 1998. Candidates in the CCSU teacher certification program engage in a wide variety of field experiences at Naylor, participating at every grade level from Pre-K through 8. Through this partnership, CCSU students can collaborate on research and curriculum development, become mentors to Naylor Middle School students, participate in multidisciplinary and cross grade level learning and service projects and engage in community outreach.
UMC: New Britain University-Museum-Community Collaborative
The UMC Collaborative was developed to unite the university, museum, and the community to celebrate diversity of cultures and the diversity of CCSU student’s visions within the context of the collection from the New Britain Museum of American Art. Joining efforts with the Museum, CCSU established a committee ofprofessors to develop a “unified arts night” at the museum.
AmeriCorps Vista is a national service program designed to fight poverty by offering opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. Recently, Andrew Froning, a CCSU alumnus who works on campus through the AmeriCorps Vista program, worked to organize and coordinate the participation of the CCSU community in Community Central.
Through its affiliation with Campus Compact, CCSU is committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education in this national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents. Campus Compact is the only national higher education association dedicated entirely to campus-based civic engagement, and it promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills and helps campuses create longstanding community partnerships. Campus Compact also provides training for faculty who seek to participate in service learning and integrate it into their curriculum.
American Democracy Project
CCSU’s affiliation with the American Democracy Project (ADP) includes involvement with a multi-campus initiative that is focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens for our democracy. Beginning in 2003, ADP is an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times, and its goal is to “produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities.”
In addition to the Office of Continuing Education and Community Engagement, there are various departments within CCSU that provide opportunities for civic engagement. In the past, these departments have implemented many community-based initiatives, and CCSU is very grateful for their continued dedication to community engagement.
Center for Public Policy and Social Research (CPPSR)
CPPSR develops and facilitates faculty and student projects that advance their scholarship, community engagement and applied research experiences. CPPSR believes that by providing students with opportunities for hands-on experience in the policy-making process, in which they can help to make a measurable difference in improving the quality of life for their fellow citizens, students will be encouraged to engage in public service. To learn more about community engagement at CPPSR, visit the CPPSR webpage.
Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP)
The Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) is a non-partisan, University-based organization dedicated to enriching the quality of local, state and national public policy. Working for fair, effective and just public policy through applied research and community engagement, the IMRP utilizes the resources of CCSU students, staff and faculty to develop, shape and improve public policy on issues of municipal and regional concern. To learn more about IMRP and its community initiatives, please visit the IMRP webpage.