Hartwick College Launches State’s First Peace Corps Preparatory Program

Hartwick College announced today a partnership with the Peace Corps, establishing New York State’s first college-level preparatory program. The Hartwick Peace Corps Preparatory Program will prepare interested Hartwick students for careers or volunteer service abroad. Students from all majors are eligible to participate, and earn a certificate from one of only a few dozen such higher education curricula nationwide.

New York State has 449 residents currently serving overseas, making it the Peace Corps’ second highest volunteer-producing state.

In providing coursework that mimics the training Peace Corps volunteers receive before serving abroad, the program allows students to develop skills and gain experiences that will make them more competitive when applying to volunteer with the Peace Corps or positions with international development organizations.

The Hartwick Peace Corps Preparatory Program will help students develop specific skills in areas important to this type of work, by providing:

  • Training and experience in one of six work sectors (education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development, or community economic development)
  • Foreign language skills
  • Intercultural competence
  • Professional and leadership development

“I am pleased that Hartwick students interested in making the world a better place can organize their coursework to meet the requirements of the Hartwick Peace Corps Preparatory Program, strengthening their applications for the Peace Corps itself,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael G. Tannenbaum.

There are no specially designed courses for the program. Students can earn the certificate by enrolling in pre-selected coursework already given at the College; some students may already have taken all the required courses.

The program will be administered by Hartwick’s Center for Professional, Service, and Global Engagement (PSGE) Center, and managed by a team of staff and faculty and supported by advisors from several academic departments.

Director of Global Education & Service Learning Godlove Fonjweng will serve as the program director.

“Two exciting elements of the College’s new Peace Corps Preparatory Program include the fact that it provides preparation for students in all majors (including the sciences) to work abroad, not only for the Peace Corps, but also for other international organizations,” he said. “Furthermore, the program is open to international students, who can use the certification to buttress their resumes when applying to graduate schools, for service in the United Nations Volunteer Program, and for international jobs with organizations such as the World Bank and many others.”

Students who complete the program will be issued a certificate signed by the Acting Director of the Peace Corps in Washington, DC.

The program will officially launch on November 1, 2017 with a 5 p.m. ceremony at the PSGE Center.

Five Hartwick alumni are currently in the Peace Corps, serving in Rwanda, Senegal, Morocco, Swaziland, and Uganda, and 110 Hartwick alumni have served since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961.

For more information on the Hartwick Peace Corps Preparatory Program, visit the website or contact Fonjweng at fonjwengg@hartwick.edu or (607) 431-4414.

Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,200 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact:     David Lubell
E-mail:        lubelld@hartwick.edu
Phone:        607-431-4031

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