• Community Impact

    Inspire local and global change

    Worcester State University has been a vital part of the fabric of our region since our founding in 1874. One measure of our community impact is the thousands of service hours contributed by our students, faculty and staff every year.

    In the 2015-16 academic year, 2,450 of our students completed approximately 162,000 hours of service, working with over 275 community partners, who are opening doors to our students and sharing their expertise with our faculty. This commitment earned us the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching in 2015.

    We encourage our campus community to work together with the greater community to create and inspire change. Opportunities to get involved include:

    We serve as a resource to the wider community in others ways as well. Our Speech-Language-Hearing Center provides services to community members of all ages. Our Intensive English Language Institute offers community ESL programs; and our Latino Education Institute provides outreach services for Latino K-16 students and their families. Learn more about our other Local Resources.

    Global Outreach
    Our community impact doesn’t stop at our borders. Worcester State students and faculty are working in health clinics, schools, conservation areas, and other locations around the world, such as our service-learning program in Managua, Nicaragua.

    We believe seeing the world is the first step to creating positive global change. We encourage students to pursue a study abroad experience to gain the global perspective and cultural literacy required for success in today’s multinational job market. By witnessing global challenges first hand, our students will be better prepared to change how the world works.

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    Total number of students who completed 162,000 hours of service with 275+ community partners in 345+ placements
    Students who completed service-learning projects
    Students placed in internships
    Number of hours that students volunteered for community projects