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Peace Corps and Fort Valley State University Announce New Peace Corps Prep Program

Published: 03/29/16 4:43PM
By: booner

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Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps Director (center) and Leslie Jean-Pierre (left), Southeast Regional Recruiter for the Peace Corps, pose with FVSU faculty, staff and student at the Peace Corps Prep Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony March 23. 

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2016 – During an event at Fort Valley State University, Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet announced a new Peace Corps Prep program that will offer Fort Valley State University students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for a career in international development. Fort Valley State University is the first Historically Black College or University to host a Peace Corps Prep program.

“Students today have a passion for service and are interested in not just imagining a better world, but rolling up their sleeves and doing something about it,” Director Hessler-Radelet said. “Through the Peace Corps Prep program, Fort Valley State University students can develop skills specifically targeted to Peace Corps service and careers in the international development and service communities.”

Students in Fort Valley State University’s Peace Corps Prep program will build hands-on experience and leadership skills while completing courses focused on intercultural competence and foreign language. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a signed certificate of completion from the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps has Peace Corps Prep program partnerships with more than 50 leading academic institutions nationwide. Established in 2007, the program aims to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. Those who successfully complete the program make competitive Peace Corps applicants.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Volunteers work at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today’s global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, nearly 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 140 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter. – Furnished by the Peace Corps