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Thomas Edison State University’s new Academic Community Impact Program is an innovative project-based initiative that bridges the gap between online education and real-life workplace experience while affording adult students with the opportunity to complete a hands-on project that directly meets the vital needs of community-based nonprofit organizations.
Thanks to generous funding from a Provident Bank Foundation Signature Grant, the University will work with nonprofits to develop a needs assessment and target unique projects that organizations need help with. These projects can range from website redesigns, strategic outreach enhancements, underserved population research, and much more. At the end of each project, participating nonprofits will have fulfilled an important strategic and critical need.
The adult learners of Thomas Edison State University will be working with participating nonprofits and engaging in these projects directly with a mentor who will provide the academic expertise to successfully guide students through their projects. Following the successful completion of their projects, students will have a portfolio and a tangible project that they can share with future employers and use as a tool for their career growth.
Thomas Edison State University’s new Academic Community Impact Program will greatly strengthen the bonds that tie communities, people, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education together.
If you are interested in becoming a participating student or community partner in the program, contact Daniel Fidalgo Tomé, EdD, Community Engagement program manager, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 609-984-1120, ext. 2315.