By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen
By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

GGC selected as a new Peace Corps Partner

(Lawrenceville, GA. February 7, 2014) Georgia Gwinnett College is one of six universities and colleges accepted into the Peace Corps Prep Program. Schools are selected for the program based on their demonstrated interest in promoting international learning and service opportunities to their students. 

“We are very pleased to be a Peace Corps Prep Program partner,” said Dr. Lois C. Richardson, acting senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost.  “The collaboration will offer GGC students a unique combination of undergraduate coursework and community service that prepares them for work in international development.” 

Each school independently designs its program based on specified criteria that reflects Peace Corps’ grassroots, integrated approach. A typical Peace Corps Prep Program consists of two years of coursework with a focus on international development, internship or volunteer experience related to Peace Corps’ project areas, and foreign language study.

Students can apply to GGC’s Peace Corps Prep Program beginning with the fall 2014 semester. 

The Peace Corps Prep Program was established in 2007 to offer more targeted educational and skill-building opportunities to undergraduate students interested in serving with the Peace Corps or within the international development and service communities. Students who successfully complete the program gain knowledge and experience that make them more competitive Peace Corps applicants. 

Georgia Gwinnett College is a four-year, accredited liberal arts college that provides access to targeted baccalaureate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of Gwinnett County and the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. GGC opened its doors in August 2006 as the nation’s first four-year public college founded in the 21st century, and the first four-year public college founded in Georgia in more than 100 years. Georgia Gwinnett produces contributing citizens and future leaders for Georgia and the nation. Its graduates are inspired to contribute to their local, state, national and international communities and are prepared to anticipate and respond effectively to an uncertain and changing world. Visit Georgia Gwinnett   College’s Web site at www.ggc.edu.

About the Peace CorpsAs the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.