Coker College Recognized Nationally for Community Service

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – March 13, 2012 – Coker College was named to the 2012 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll during the American Council on Education’s national meeting March 12.

A program launched in 2006 and administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the Honor Roll recognizes selected colleges and universities for their impact on issues from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. The program is part of CNCS’s commitment to engage millions of college students in service and celebrate the critical role of higher education in strengthening communities.

In preparing Coker’s application for the Honor Roll program, Assistant Dean and Director of Coker’s Center for Engaged Learning Darlene Small elected to highlight, among other things, the College’s 9-11 Day of Service project at the Hartsville Boys and Girls Club; an internship program to support English instruction for speakers of other languages in the Darlington County School District; and a project administered by Coker’s Students In Free Enterprise to provide a coaching program for local students preparing to take the Scholastic Aptitude Test.

“While Coker’s service projects are numerous and varied, those that impact educational opportunities for area school students may well have the most lasting effects,” Small explained.

“Thanks to generous support from Sonoco, through PULSE, students and educators at Coker are collaborating with partners at Yale University, the school district and the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics to improve educational opportunities for local children.  Service projects coordinated through the Center for Engaged Learning dovetail beautifully with PULSE and further demonstrate Coker’s deep and abiding commitment to providing the best possible educational experiences for area students.”

Coker’s Center for Engaged Learning administers internship, study abroad and community service programs that focus on enhancing the education of each student by guaranteeing them the opportunity to participate in valuable experiential programs. Through the Center, students are made aware of and exposed to the benefits of volunteerism throughout their college career.

For more information about Coker’s Center for Engaged Learning, visit  For more information about PULSE, visit


PHOTO:  Assistant Dean and Director of Coker’s Center for Engaged Learning Darlene Small.



Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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