ERIC Number: ED212322
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Community Service through a Community College Community Center.
Hoffman, Margaret Gross
Information is provided to document the need and possible uses for a community center at the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). The paper describes a community center as a multi-purpose facility planned and administered cooperatively by the college and community to provide recreational and educational services for the constituencies the college serves. After making an argument for the appropriateness of such a center at CCAC, the paper identifies institutions supporting outreach through facilities open to the community and the benefits and characteristics of these facilities. Next, a survey conducted at the 32nd National Conference of the American Association of Higher Education Marketplace is described. The paper indicates that the 1977 study sought to obtain input on the underlying needs for services, programs, and facilities which might be provided by a community center. Responses from 168 educators indicated that the most needed facilities were community meeting rooms, classrooms, centers for information and referral services, and library and physical activity facilities; and that counseling services, personal enrichment programs, classes, workshops, and vocational courses were the most appropriate programs and services. The paper then describes a second survey conducted to determine the needs of residents of CCAC's service area, noting that responses from 1,700 residents revealed needs including facilities for physical activities, cultural enrichment programs, and counseling services. The questionnaires are appended. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Allegheny County Community Coll., West Mifflin, PA. South Campus.