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State Tech students volunteer almost 3,000 hours to school, community

At a recent awards ceremony for State Technical College of Missouri, student volunteers were celebrated for their unpaid assistance to the college and the community.   During the 2010-2011 academic year, a total of 2,990 volunteer hours were logged by 91 State Tech students.

When we look at the fact the total numbers of hours contributed by STC students equates to nearly the equivalent of one and a half people working full time, we are looking at a major contribution to the greater Linn area,” said Dr. Donald Claycomb, STC President.

Each academic year, State Tech students are encouraged to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours or more for the college or the community.   Volunteer hours are logged throughout the year by the activities coordinator at the college.   All volunteers are recognized at the student awards ceremony at the close of the spring semester.

Ben Williams, a student in the Electrical Distribution Systems, received the top award logging in over 170 volunteer hours on campus and in the community for the academic year. 

On campus, Williams helped to maintain the campus recycling program, assisted the residential assistant with various tasks in the residential halls and provided support to faculty and staff during the Missouri Leadership and Skills Conference held on campus in March.

According to Nikki Nilges, State Tech Activities Coordinator, Williams and other volunteers were invaluable to the success of the SkillsUSA Missouri conference.  Nilges stated there aren’t enough faculty and staff to cover every contest or logistic that we encounter during the three days of the conference.   “We depend on the volunteer hours of the students,” said Nilges.  “We wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

In the community, Williams picked up trash along the highway east of Linn, assisted with the Friends of Osage County Library book sale and provided assistance during Osage Caring Projects Christmas Wish Program.

“My main motivation was to make the most of my time at State Tech,” said Williams.  “Part of that experience was lending a hand and helping out wherever I was needed.”

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.  STC has three locations in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.      

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