College's Partnerships Build Strong Students as Well as Communities

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College's Partnerships Build Strong Students as Well as Communities


The mission of a community college is to provide students with access to the knowledge and skills needed for making positive contributions in an interconnected world.

It takes a village for us to be able to successfully do this and meet our students' diverse and changing needs. Our strong community partnerships help us to "do it all," from providing hands-on learning opportunities, to enriching our communities through the arts and culture, to providing residents with a host of resources and services to make investing in their education possible. Our partnerships strengthen our mission, deepen our networks and bind our communities.

This year, as Waubonsee Community College celebrates its 50th anniversary, we're taking time to reflect on and appreciate all the partnerships that make contributions to the many and varied aspects of our scope of services. This month we celebrate our strong collaborations with nonprofits and service organizations that allow us to expand the reach and depth of our impact on our campuses and in our communities.

In addition to providing opportunities for students to give back to their communities and learn valuable workplace skills, our nonprofit partnerships allow us to simultaneously teach and serve. For example, during this tax season, Waubonsee is again partnering with the Center for Economic Progress to offer free income tax return preparation assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. …

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