Normandale Community College would like to acknowledge the work of Katherine Andersen for the Civic Engagement Steward Award. Katherine greatly improved service-learning for the Normandale Nursing program. In the past, students completed a small number of volunteer hours as part of the program. This was not fulfilling educational goals for the students or meeting the needs of the community organizations. Katherine, in partnership with the Center for Experiential Education, worked to discover the needs of the organizations that would benefit Normandale students most and adjusted the requirements for service-learning. All nursing students must now complete 50 hours of service-learning as a graduation requirement and through her leadership, has ensured sustainability of the service component for the nursing program. Increased service has improved the student experience; allowing them to interact on a deeper level with professionals in their field, explore interest areas and gain experience. Students learn more about their interests and can apply what they have learned to the direction of their studies. The service initiative in the Normandale nursing department serves both the community and the campus. It also has increased employment opportunities.
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