By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: Education | Issue: April 2008
President of Community Care College Kevin L. Kirk, Ed.D. is proud to recognize his students for their volunteering achievements.
Tulsa’s Community Care College is rapidly cultivating a well-deserved reputation as one of the nation’s premier civically-oriented, post-secondary institutions. For the second consecutive year, the school has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. This award recognizes their dedication to building a culture of service to the community.
“I want to congratulate our students for winning this award,” says President of Community Care College Kevin L. Kirk, Ed.D. “They’re the ones who earned it, and it’s great for them to get this kind of publicity for their achievements.”
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll was initiated last year by the Bush Administration. The award’s goal, beyond recognition of achievement, is to increase awareness about exemplary contributions made through volunteering by students, faculty and staff in colleges and universities around the nation.
“At Community Care College, we focus a lot on the importance of giving back to the community. Our students are required to volunteer for thirty hours over the course of their enrollment,” says Kirk. Some of the not-for-profit organizations that students volunteer with include various hospice organizations, Neighbor for Neighbor, the United Way, the Salvation Army and Ronald McDonald House. And there are many others. “We’ve had a number of our students get jobs with these companies following their volunteer work,” Kirk says.
The institution has also received other noteworthy plaudits for its students’ volunteer efforts, including recognition from the Career College Association.
The school’s contributions to the Tulsa community are significant and impressive. Over a one-year period from 2006 to 2007, 283 students completed 8,440 hours of service to Tulsa-area not-for-profit organizations.
The CCC Student Ambassador Organization arranges other opportunities for students to contribute to the community, including Coats for Kids, Toys for Tots, food drives, and blood drives with the American Red Cross and the Oklahoma Blood Institute. Students volunteer for and contribute to these projects above and beyond their required volunteer hours.
Community Care College, located at 42nd and Sheridan, was founded in 1995 by current CEO Teresa Knox. Their stated mission is “to provide our students, our team and our community with a partnership based upon Courtesy, Accountability, Respect, Excellence and Success, to inspire ‘more than you imagine’.” Programs of study include business administration, dental assistant, fitness and health trainer, health service administration, massage therapy, medical assistant, pharmacy technician, surgical technologist, and veterinary assistant.
Clary Sage College, located near 31st and Sheridan, is an extension of CCC. Part of their mission is “to teach, develop and graduate highly desirable and employable professionals by improving on their individual talents, look, and personality.” At Clary Sage College, students can learn cosmetology, spa and esthetics. Programs of study include basic cosmetology (associate of occupational science in cosmetology), esthetician, nail technician, master instructor and massage therapy.
Community Care College has become a leader in volunteer service, and other schools are now following their example. If you are looking to further your education, Community Care or Clary Sage College may be right for you. For more information, visit