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Jimmy Carter, Chancellor Help GPC Open Center for Civic Engagement & Service-Learning

Former President Jimmy Carter was the keynote speaker as Georgia Perimeter College (GPC) opened its new Atlanta Center for Civic Engagement & Service-Learning on Feb. 15 with dignitaries from state and local government and other community leaders looking on.

“The creation of the Atlanta Center is indeed a notable achievement and will epitomize the mission of the college to combine academic learning and service to the community,” Carter said.

“I am inspired by GPC’s legacy of combining community service with academics, and I am inspired by the hard work of the Atlanta Center staff and that of the faculty, department chairs and deans to make this happen,” said GPC President Dr. Anthony S. Tricoli.

Tricoli was also joined by USG Chancellor Erroll B. Davis Jr., who brought greetings from the Board of Regents.

“We stress holistic education in the USG – not only the transfer of knowledge, but the quest of awareness of community responsibility – and the Atlanta Center embodies that quest,” Davis said. “I applaud Dr. Tricoli and his team at Georgia Perimeter College for bringing the Atlanta Center to the USG.”

The Atlanta Center will be a central repository of information and resources not only for the GPC family, but also for members of the community who are interested in addressing social issues through civic engagement, service-learning and volunteerism, explained Deborah Gonzalez, GPC associate vice president for academic affairs, civic engagement and international education.

Commenting on the establishment of the center, George Boggs, president and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in Washington, D.C., said, “AACC is proud that Georgia Perimeter College is moving to strengthen service-learning and volunteer opportunities for everyone on and beyond its campuses. We applaud the college’s initiative. It is clearly in the forefront of civic engagement and education efforts nationwide.

Posted by john.vanchella@usg.edu on February 01, 2010
Published in: On Campus

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