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January 22, 2015

Community service recognized

For the second consecutive year, Pitt has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities that play an important role in their communities.

The designation was made by the Corporation for National and Community Service, which coordinates service programs and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve.

Last year more than 17,000 Pitt faculty, staff and students volunteered 450,000 hours in the community.

Among the hundreds of service opportunities and community partnerships are the community leisure-learn program, which provides fitness and wellness activities at campus facilities; Pitt Make a Difference Day; Pitt United Way Day of Caring; the ready Freddy program, the Office of Child Development’s effort to engage parents and community partners in preparing children in low-income urban communities for kindergarten; Jumpstart, a program that connects Pitt students with preschool children from low-income communities to help the children develop literacy skills; Investing Now, a college preparatory program for students from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors and careers; the Institute for Entrepreneurial Excellence, part of the Innovation Institute that helps entrepreneurial business leaders in the region; the Manufacturing Assistance Center in the Swanson School of Engineering, which assists regional manufacturers in gaining a competitive advantage in the global economy via the use of advanced technology and offers training for individuals seeking careers in manufacturing, and Connect, an organization in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs that promotes cooperation between the City of Pittsburgh and neighboring municipalities.