Clinton Community College Community Engagement

Clinton Community College Community Engagement

A snapshot of Community Engagement and Applied Learning at Clinton Community College

Human Services 282 Practicum/Internship

HUS 282 is an upper level course in Clinton’s Human Services A.A.S. degree program. Students enter into a learning contract with a local social services agency in their field of study. Currently, students are placed at the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Joint Council for Economic Opportunity (JCEO), the Plattsburgh Housing Authority, Champlain Valley Family Center, Clinton County Probation, and Behavioral Health Services North.

Campus contact:
Dr. Denise Coughlin, Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Civility Club - Adopt a Friend

Led by the College’s Civility Club as part of their annual Civility Campaign, the Clinton community participated in a program through the Clinton County Department of Social Services to “adopt” 18 local children by providing toys and items for them for Christmas. Students held events to raise money, collected items, and even hosted an afternoon “coffee cart” delivery service with all donations going to the program. The Clinton community raised enough toys and items to support close to 30 of the DSS’s children in need. The outpouring of support was so great that Clinton has already committed to adopting 30 children for next year.

Campus contact:
Sarah Samson, Director of Campus Life and Co-Advisor of the Civility Club

Cultural Affairs Committee Benefit Concert

Located so close to Québec and being a sister lake city, community members were compelled to help the victims of the train derailment disaster that occurred on July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Québec. Led by Clinton Community College French Instructor David Graham, the College’s Cultural Affairs Committee hosted a benefit concert featuring performances by popular local and Canadian musicians. French heritage and music were celebrated, and over $1000 was raised for the fund.

Campus contact:
David Graham, Adjunct Instructor of French

Student Senate

A student-elected and led organization that works to improve our College and community.

Clinton’s Student Senate is comprised of 16 students, elected by their peers each academic year to serve as a collective voice for the general student body. They coordinate the student body in sponsoring fundraising efforts for local and regional causes. In recent months, they have supported the North Country Hospice, and participated in a local “Big Change Roundup for Kids” at the Vermont Children’s Hospital. In late 2012, they worked with local school districts to collect schools supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy, shipping close to 300 pounds of notebooks, pens, pencils, etc. to an elementary school in the Rockaways.

Of special note, late fall 2013 saw two members of our community, one faculty (along with his wife and their 5 young children) and one student, who each lost all of their belongings in separate house fires.

Immediately following each incident the Student Senate organized campaigns to provide significant monetary and relief item donations. The funds and items raised in these two efforts totaled more than the Clinton student body has ever raised.

Campus contact:
Jarrod Cone, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Student Leadership Advisor

Clinton Community College

136 Clinton Point Drive
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
(518) 562-4200