On Tuesday night students from CCV’s Springfield academic center were on hand at the town’s Great Hall for a meet the artists reception and the opening of the Photovoice exhibit.
Depending on your aesthetic sensibilities, a trip to Springfield, Vermont can leave you feeling emotionally numb, astounded, or a myriad of other feelings, both positive and negative. The hulking brick remains of Jones & Lamson Machine Company’s lower factory greet you as you head into town from from I-91. Vacant storefronts dot Main Street. Long-abandoned factories stand watch over Black River Falls, depositing themselves brick by brick into the rushing waters.
As it turns out, the Rutland area is full of dog people. At least that’s what students in Rosalie Fox’s Introduction to Sociology course found out from their service learning project this semester.
Homelessness has been on the rise across the nation, in Vermont, and in Lamoille County. In response, students in CCV Morrisville’s Macroeconomics class have been working with Seeds of Change and the Housing & Homelessness Coalition to organize a community discussion to raise awareness about the subject.
Earlier this year students in Rosalie Fox’s Introduction to Sociology course at the Community College of Vermont’s Rutland academic center partnered with the Vermont Police Canine Association on a service learning project to raise funds for the purchase of protective vests for Vermont police dogs.
Students in CCV Morrisville’s Macroeconomics class have been working with Seeds of Change and the Housing & Homelessness Coalition to organize a community discussion on homelessness.
In October CCV’s Civic Engagement Committee brought Gail Robinson, a nationally recognized service learning and civics educator, to CCV for three days of professional development sessions around service learning.
Last fall Blake McGee created a service learning project that significantly expanded the definition of “CCV community.”