by Myra Saturen
June 24, 2014
Northampton Community College (NCC) has joined The Democracy Commitment (TDC), a national initiative providing a platform for the development and expansion of community college programs, projects and curricula engaging students in the civic learning and democratic process across the country. Approximately eighty other top community colleges are involved.
According to The Democracy Commitment's website, "The goal of TDC is that every graduate of an American community college shall have an education in democracy. This includes all of our students, whether they aim to transfer to university, achieve an associate degree, or obtain a certificate."
Joining TDC is a natural extension of NCC's strategic focus on community and civic engagement, with the goal of taking the College's already very strong commitment to the community to an even higher level and to integrate that commitment more thoroughly into the experience of students, according to Paul Pierpoint, vice president, community education and dean of the Fowler Family Southside Center.
"We are making a promise to try to ensure that all NCC students who obtain a credential from NCC enter the next stage of their lives with a solid understanding of the opportunities and responsibilities of membership in a democratic society," Pierpoint says. "This is a great opportunity for the College and our students. Democracy is not a spectator sport, and TDC and our new Center for Civic and Community Engagement will help our students become active players in this most important endeavor."
NCC has an active service learning program and often hosts voter registration drives and candidate forums. The College has been listed on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for seven consecutive years.
For more information on TDC, visit thedemocracycommitment.org.
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