Krystal Crowe, Student Life program coordinator at CPCC, and this year’s Larry M. Harding Educator/Community Service Award winner, sees giving back as more than just a nine to five. In addition to her work getting students involved with service opportunities through the community college, she also finds time to volunteer with her church outreach group. “I’m a strong believer in what Gandhi said – ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others’” she says.
Service isn’t just good for your spirit — it can help with your grades. A 2001 collection of studies from the Corporation for National and Community Service cites the benefits of service based learning on academic achievement, graduation rates, and universities and larger communities. Crowe agrees, “Service learning allows students to connect what they are learning in the classroom with what occurs in their community.”
In her three and half years with CPCC, Crowe has helped develop many ways students can learn through giving back. She says students who want to get involved should connect to CPCC’s Service Learning Center which offers projects throughout the semester as well as courses with a service component.
“I am a servant leader by nature” says Crowe. Recently, she also helped restructure the “IGN1TE” program, which teaches students leadership skills through a semester long, non-credit program.
Article and interview by Mason Rhodes, adjunct faculty at CPCC.
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