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Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Center

Nonprofit and Civic Engagement Center

What is NPACE?

The Department of Communication believes in creating civic-minded, engaged citizens as we shape the next generation of communication professionals. We do so by infusing service-learning work into our students’ curriculum. Annually, the Department of Communication leads Columbus State University in service-learning hours. There is no student who graduates with a degree in communication that does not take a course that incorporates service-learning projects during their sophomore, junior, or senior year of study.

The Non-Profit and Civic Engagement (NPACE) Center is the Department of Communication’s bridge to non-profit organizations in Columbus and the Chattahoochee Valley. Through the center, we bring non-profit organizations together with our experienced faculty to discuss the needs of each organization and what support and resources the Department of Communication can provide through its service-learning courses. Once the need or problem is identified, the faculty members match each non-profit organization together with a student intern or group working in one of their courses in order to meet the needs of the non-profit organization. For the non-profit, they are able to satisfy their immediate needs. For the students, we are able to provide them with career-relevant work opportunities to fill out their portfolio for the job search after graduation.

Take a look at the local organizations that NPACE and the Department of Communication have been able to assist since its inception:

Since 2001, serving while learning has been the heart of the Communication Department of Columbus State University. Originally, only two communication classes – Political and Group – contained service learning components that allowed students to expand theoretical concepts beyond the physical classroom and to use those concepts to make a positive impact in the community. Through the hard work of our students, we have forged relationships with Non-Profits in our community and expanded our Civic Engagement to include this type of learning in many other classes. The NPACE Vision is to build bridges of compassion, education, helping hands, and hope in the places where they are most needed, locally.

Each semester we will provide information about which organizations are “on the drawing board,” highlights when available, and an end of the semester wrap up with links to finished work. Spring Semester 2012 has our students working with Artbeat of Columbus, Strong4Life, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley, Columbus Lions, Columbus Georgia Department of Public Health, Columbus Housing Authority, and 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion (Triple Nickel). View our current projects!

Our Advisory Board is comprised of 10 community leaders and 10 Communication Department alumni who are the backbone to our organization; using their talents and strengths to direct us in areas of marketing, funding, branding, and networking opportunities for our students as they work through NPACE. These individuals will assist us in communicating goals and standards of our mission to the community. Each member of the Advisory Board brings years of experience and special skill sets that are an asset to our unique blending of theory and service learning curriculum.