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Peace Corps makes information stop at FVSU

Published: 11/11/16 8:23AM
By: booner

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Fort Valley State University staff and students pose with Peace Corps representatives and their Peace Corps car at FVSU’s Student Amenities Building on Nov. 4.

Representatives from the Peace Corps and other agencies such as the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited Fort Valley State University on Nov. 4.

From 2-4 p.m., the group discussed employment opportunities and the benefits of participating in the Peace Corps Prep Program and other programs to more than 35 FVSU students during a reception in the Student Amenities Building. The stop at FVSU concluded an eight state, two-week information tour of 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s).

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. FVSU, one of 39 colleges and universities participating, is the first HBCU to join the program. FVSU started its partnership with the Peace Corps on March 23, 2016.

Alyssa Turner, a senior veterinary science major from Baltimore, Md., is the first female ambassador for FVSU’s Peace Corps Prep Program. Turner said the reception was very informative and students gained a lot of information concerning the Peace Corps, the Peace Corps Prep Program and the Fulbright Scholars Program.

“Students like myself learned about different job opportunities, internships and pathways on how to progress from graduation to the Peace Corps and earn a federal job afterwards,” Turner said.

For more information about the Peace Corps Prep Program at FVSU, contact Ann Gillespie, coordinator of student recruitment for FVSU’s Peace Corps Prep Program, at (478) 825-6424 or gillespiea@fvsu.edu.