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York College receives YCCF grant to construct greenhouse, support science education at Alexander Goode Elementary

January 26, 2017
YCCF Grant

York College has received a $9,746 grant from the York County Community Foundation’s Fund for York County to support science education at Alexander Goode Elementary in York through the construction of a greenhouse.

The project is a collaboration between the College’s Department of Engineering and Computer Science, Department of Education, and Center for Community Engagement.

The greenhouse will be designed and built by senior Engineering majors. “This program provides our engineers real-world experience designing and deploying projects that directly impact the community in which they live,” said Jason Forsyth, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. After construction is complete, interdisciplinary science curriculum will be developed by junior and senior Education majors. “Science is such a critical content area, and this project allows our future teachers to create lessons using a living classroom,” said Nicole Hesson, assistant professor of education.

The greenhouse project is one of several efforts to engage York College students and faculty in improving their local community, according to Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of the Center for Community Engagement. “This project demonstrates the commitment our faculty have to developing projects that both benefit the community and make our students better citizens -- and frankly, better employees as well,” he said. “Research shows that employees engaged in community work are also more engaged at work. We want our students to come out of college with those key habits." 

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