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ERIC Number: EJ833906
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Alternative Spring Break Service Exchange: A Case Study at the Community College Level
Bohon, Amanda Ellis
Inquiry, v12 n1 p62-67 Spr 2007
The phrase spring break usually brings to mind scenes from MTV involving scandalous bathing suits and underage drinking. In general, college students are stereotyped as self-centered party animals. Over the last two years, Mountain Empire Community College (MECC), Southwest Virginia Community College (SwVCC), and Virginia Highlands Community College (VHCC) have collaborated in an effort that allowed them to disprove this stereotype. Beginning in the 2004-05 academic year, these three schools located in Southwest Virginia embarked on a new type of spring break. The concept was based on the alternative spring break that has become very popular at the university level: "An alternative break program places teams of college or high school students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their summer, fall, winter, weekend or spring breaks" (Break Away, 2001). Benefits of the alternative spring break concept have been realized by campuses that offer this opportunity. During a brief period of time, students learn about problems within a community and then work firsthand with that problem. In this article, the author describes the outcomes of this alternative spring break. She also discusses several recommendations for replication within the community college system.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia