FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2016
CONTACT: David Reese, Supervisory Public Affairs Specialist, Peace Corps
Peace Corps and Western State Colorado University
Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program
LOS ANGELES, CA, August 30, 2016 – The Peace Corps and Western State Colorado University (Western) today announced a new partnership that will offer students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for a career in international development.
Western students will be able to apply to the new Peace Corps Prep program for enrollment beginning the 2016 fall semester. The program’s launch will be celebrated by speakers, panelists, and student participants on September 14 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the University Center.
“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Western State Colorado University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.”
Students in Western’s Peace Corps Prep program will build hands-on experience and leadership skills while completing courses focused on intercultural competence and foreign language. Upon completion of the program, which will be housed in the Leadership and Engagement Office, students will receive a signed certificate of completion from the Peace Corps.
“We believe that the Peace Corps’ mission of promoting world peace and friendship through the three goals is consistent with our institutional mission to ’promote intellectual maturity and personal growth in our students, and graduate citizens prepared to assume constructive roles in local, national and global communities,’” said Dr. Jessica Young, Western’s Global Coordinator. “We value service and leadership and believe that this partnership will provide Western students with new opportunities to exert both.”
The Peace Corps has Peace Corps Prep program partnerships with more than 25 leading academic institutions nationwide. Established in 2007, the program aims to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. Those who successfully complete the program make competitive Peace Corps applicants.
In addition to the Peace Corps prep program, Western is the only institution in Colorado which is also a Paul D. Coverdell and Peace Corps Master International campus and one of only ten such campuses in the nation. Returning Peace Corps volunteers may apply for Paul D. Coverdell fellowships within the University’s Master of Environmental Management program to do meaningful work in underserved domestic communities as part of their graduate experience.
About Western State Colorado University: The first college on Colorado’s Western slope and the fourth oldest public college in the state, Western State Colorado University in Gunnison offers more than 75 majors, including eight of the ten most popular majors in the country. Small class sizes ensure a personalized education delivered by expert faculty. Named by Forbes as one of the Top 100 Colleges in the West for the last three years in a row, Western’s location, academic excellence and value combine to offer students a private college experience at an affordable cost. For more information visit www.western.edu or join us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.