Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Williamsburg Technical College (WTC) Alpha Sigma Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) received an award at the recent Service Learning Awards presented by the SC Commission on Higher Education (CHE) as the top public two-year institution for its health fair.
The winning service learning project involved nursing students at WTC working with several other groups on campus, including PTK, to organize a health fair. The nursing students provided health screenings and disseminated information about common health issues to residents of Williamsburg County. In doing so, they practiced many of the skills they have learned directly for the nursing program as well as the problem solving, teamwork, and leadership skills necessary to make a meaningful contribution to the community. WTC president Dr. Patty Lee noted that the project was well-received by the community and is just one of the college’s efforts to show how “education is life-changing.”
The CHE awards recognize contributions made by the service learning efforts of SC colleges and universities and their students. Service learning is a meaningful opportunity for students to apply acquired knowledge and skills in solving real-world problems in their communities. The annual competition recognizes three of the most commendable service learning projects from those nominated; one award is presented to a public four-year college or university, one to a public two-year college, and one to an independent college or university.
The criteria used to select the winners include the ability to resolve community concerns or address community issues; the degree to which the project enhances students’ learning; the impact of the project on campus; and the integration of the project’s activities into academics.
The SC CHE serves as the state’s coordinating board for higher education.
Its mission is to promote quality and efficiency in the state system of higher education with the goal of fostering economic growth and human development in South Carolina.