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New course offers alternative spring break option

12/15/2009 —

A new course offered at Penn State Lehigh Valley will not only teach concepts of civic engagement, but also allow students to step out of the classroom and get involved in local and global communities.


Foundations of Civic and Community Engagement (YFE 211) is a three-credit, general education course that is being offered during the 2010 spring semester in conjunction with the Alternative Spring Break program. The course, which will combine online and face-to-face meetings, will explore the practice, theory, and habits of civic and community engagement, and the core concepts related to global citizenship and public issues. During the spring break, students will have the opportunity to participate in a service-learning project either locally, nationally or internationally.


For example, students might choose to work with the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley or another community-based agency to provide hands-on support for local projects. Students interested in a national experience would have the opportunity to travel to Galveston, Texas, and help restore homes and buildings destroyed by Hurricane Ike. For an international project, students would have the opportunity to travel to another country and work together with community members to address a public issue or problem. For instance, students might consider traveling to the Dominican Republic to work with students from the Altoona campus on agriculture, health or education projects.


Students interested in YFE 211 (schedule number 477259) can register for the course online via eLion. For more information about the course and its requirements, contact Dr. Mary Hutchinson at



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