LEWISTON — Lewis-Clark State College has been selected as a partner in the Washington Campus Compact’s 2022-23 Civic Leadership and Engagement Corps (CLEC) program, college officials announced.
As part of the program, LC State will hire six AmeriCorps Education Fellows, who are current students, for various positions on campus, all with the goal of helping fellow students. The six students will receive a stipend which can be used for their ongoing studies or to continue their studies (post-graduate) over a period of eight years. Four of the positions are 300 hours ($1,374.60 stipend) while the other two are 450 hours ($1,718.25).
College officials have submitted a grant proposal, which is funded by AmeriCorps. The CLEC program recognizes the power of campus-community partnerships to improve equity in Washington and Idaho through academic engagement and college and career readiness for underrepresented students.
Three of the students will be part of the college’s peer mentorship program, which will help with retention. This includes helping students connect to their advisors, tutors, and other resources they might need. It also includes help with registration and FAFSA and scholarship forms.
Two 450-hour positions will be with the Student Success Program, while one 300-hour position will be with the Learning Resource Center, which is a free resource for all students enrolled in a program or course. vocational and technical training (CTE). The goal of the center is to help students make their study time more efficient and improve their success in the classroom through free tutoring, access to a computer lab, computer programs specific to CTE courses and organizing workshops focused on student success.
The final two 300-hour positions will help with the Warrior Food Pantry, which is open to LC State students and employees as well as the general public. The two will serve as assistant coordinators and take care of various tasks, including staffing the pantry, stocking the shelves and collecting food donations. The pantry also plans to partner with the LC State Homestay Program to show students how to prepare nutritious meals from the donated items.
In addition to receiving an education award, four students — two majoring in business and two in social work — will also earn internship credits. Several LC State programs require internships to graduate.
Traci Birdsell, Senior Director of LC State’s Educational Opportunity Grant Programs, applied for the grant.
“It provides students with practical ways to connect education to work,” said Birdsell. “That’s what we all are.”