AmeriCorps is a stream of national services launched in 1994 by President Bill Clinton. This program engages more than 50,000 people annually. It was created to expand opportunities for Americans to serve their community and earn money for college (Education Award). AmeriCorps supports several types of programs: VISTA, NCCC, State, National Direct and Education Award only.
Montana Tech is part of two campus compacts the first is Montana Campus Compact (MTCC) and the second is the Colorado Campus Compact (CCC). The MTCC is a consortium of 19 colleges and universities in Montana established to integrate public service and academic learning and the second is the Colorado Campus Compact (CCC) is a membership organization of college and university presidents devoted to promoting civic learning. Through both the MTCC and CCC the AmeriCorps programs are housed in the Institute of Educational Opportunities at Montana Tech.
Funded through CCC is the Compact Service Corps Program . The Compact Service Corps will support AmeriCorps members serving through colleges and universities in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Compact Service Corps members will allow AmeriCorps members to expand its impact on issues in K-12 education, community healthcare and nonprofit capacity building in Butte and other Montana towns. The members who choose to participate in the Compact Service Corps receive an education award at the end of a successful term of service for either a 300 or 450 hours of service.
Compact Service Corps members are serving within Montana Tech’s Nursing, Radiology programs, they also serve with CFWEP.Org and at the Legion Oasis Housing Complex, and a member also coordinates Saturday Success Seminars Life Skills Workshops at Reintegrating Youthful Offenders (RYO).
Funded through the MTCC is the AmeriCorps VISTA program. Montana Tech currently houses two AmeriCorps College Access VISTA’s. The overall goal of this project is to create a Local College Access Network (LCAN) that coordinates efforts of College Access Programs (CAPs) to increase the collective impact of college access stakeholders addressing post-secondary access for first generation and economically disadvantaged student populations (target populations). Through LCANs, CAPs will be better equipped to meet local needs through instrumental and contextual CAPs. Participants supported by LCANs will be better prepared for enrollment in post-secondary education and better equipped for post-secondary success resulting in higher college access and graduation rates amongst target populations.
For more information contact Ruthanne Shope (406) 496.4693.
Reintegrating Youth Offenders
This program is a partnership between Montana Tech’s Campus Corps Program and Reintegrating Youth Offenders (RYO) Correctional Facility. Through this program, Campus Corps plan and host 14 Saturday Success Seminars in the RYO facility. Topics of the seminars are provided by RYO staff based on goals they need to meet for accreditation standards, but the way to topic is taught is decided by the Tech CC members. Tech CC members travel from campus to RYO every other Saturday and lead the activity for the incarcerated youth. Workshops in the 2012-2013 years will be taught using the following subjects:
- Goal Setting
- Career Exploration
- Decision Making
- Life Skills
- Leadership Roles
This program is part of the Montana Tech Campus Corps Program as is located on campus in the Institute for Educatinal Opportunities office located in the Health Sciences building Rm. 203A.
Legion Oasis Neighborhood Network Center Tutoring
“To reach children and families by promoting Computer Technology, Education, Health, Financial Literacy to create a better quality of life for the Legion Oasis Community and surrounding area."
At the Legion Oasis Neighborhood Network Center (LONNC), Campus Corps works together with the Legion staff and volunteer tutors to provide after school tutoring for those who need one on one help and guidance. This program is welcome to whoever needs help. We don’t turn anyone away. Tutoring is not the only activity at Legion. They also have other programs their residence can use and participate in. There are movie nights for the children, area holiday get togethers and parties, gardening to help our seniors and families and activities held for the kids of the Legion.