Five Florida Technical College (FTC) campuses recently earned places on President Obama's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest achievement possible for school service programs and distributed to only a select few institutions annually.
FTC stands out — among only a handful of other schools — from over 4,000 colleges and universities nationwide for its service achievements, particularly for its having achieved the distinction for the sixth consecutive year.
Its Orlando, Kissimmee, Deland, Lakeland and Pembroke Pines campuses made the cut for general community service, while Orlando, Kissimmee and Deland also earned honors for their work in the category of interfaith community service.
"Community service is part of the learning process at Florida Technical College," FTC President David Ruggieri said. "Our students learn by doing and part of that is putting into practice, for the benefit of their communities, the skills they are developing in the classroom. We are humbled to have been recognized for that."
FTC is the only Honor Roll designee with multiple campuses. Among its initiatives are caring for the homeless, assisting low-income families at back-to-school time, sponsoring career fairs for veterans and working with the disabled. FTC actively supports Heart of Florida United Way, central Florida’s largest health and human services charity.
"Our goal is for students to graduate with more than a diploma," Ruggieri said. "We are developing leaders and problem solvers unafraid to innovate. By encouraging our students to help others, we strengthen the community we all call home and the nation as a whole."
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