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Peace Corps director to visit Fort Valley State University

Published: 03/11/2016 2:53PM
By: booner


Carrie Hessler-Radelet, director of the Peace Corps, will visit Fort Valley State University on March 23.

A head of an independent federal agency is coming to Fort Valley State University.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet, Peace Corps Director, will visit FVSU’s O’Neal Veterinary Science Building March 23 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Hessler-Radelet is coming for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the collaboration between FVSU and the Peace Corps Prep Program.

Hessler-Radelet, the 19th director of the Peace Corps, is a fourth generation Peace Corps veteran. She assumed her duties as director on June 25, 2014. 

The Peace Corps Prep Program, part of the Peace Corps, is designed to prepare undergraduate students for international development work and global citizenship through coursework and practical learning.

Ann Gillespie, a veterinary technologist at FVSU and coordinator of student recruitment for the Peace Corps Prep Program, explained its importance. “This program will prepare students for international service and work with community members at the grassroots level to develop sustainable solutions to challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. I encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity to expand their reach and world view,” Gillespie said. 

There are currently 39 colleges and universities across the U.S. participating in the Peace Corps Prep Program.

The Peace Corps sends the best and brightest Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to address the most pressing needs of people around the world. 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 founded the Peace Corps in 1961, 220,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.peacecorps.gov.

For more information about the Peace Corps Prep Program at FVSU, contact Gillespie at (478) 825-6424 or gillespiea@fvsu.edu.