By the Numbers 80+ Courses offered 900+ Students participating 18,000+ Service hours completed 60+ Faculty members participating (each semester) 45+ Communities served 350+ Active community partners bachelor’s degree at UMass Lowell and working with children. “ServiceLearning helped me get a job and recognize my life goals,” said Strazzere. Ever passionate about Service-Learning, Lynch looks forward to leading the program into its third decade. Her goals include deepening community partner collaborations in order to affect social change, and strengthening programming with faculty and partners to better impact student learning. She hopes Service-Learning students are prepared to be creative problem-solvers who can address 21stcentury local and global issues. 4 MCC’s Service-Learning Program kicked off its 20th anniversary celebration at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica. But her main objective remains constant: making sure MCC students make a difference. “I want them to see they have a responsibility to their community, their nation and their world,” said Lynch. “If we enable students to realize the value of community service, we have succeeded.” • Service-Learning... continued from page 15 Service-Learning sites, which are fringe benefits of the program, said Lynch. “I love being with kids and working with them,” said Mel Strazzere, who completed a Service-Learning placement at the Billerica Boys & Girls Club as a requirement for a psychology class, before graduating from MCC in 2010. That experience helped her land a job at the club, and confirmed her career goals – which include earning a “Service-Learning helps our students learn to be better citizens,” said Middlesex President Carole Cowan. “We started it with a $2,500 grant and no staff, and now it is integrated throughout the college. It’s a wonderful program.” Many students gain important workplace skills and find jobs at their [ 16 ] Nancye Tuttle Profiles