By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: September 2007
Dr. Kevin Kirk, president of Community Care College
Community Care College was established in 1995 as a post-secondary school with courses in an assortment of health care fields. While students are educated in a smaller, personalized environment, they develop skills to benefit the community and help themselves achieve goals. In addition to their coursework, all Community Care College students are required to spend time volunteering in the community. As a result of its excellence in giving back to Tulsa and surrounding areas, Community Care College has recently been named to the first-ever President Bush’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
Community Care College’s students, faculty and staff have been recognized with the President’s Honor Roll distinction for helping to build a culture of service and civic engagement in the nation. “We have a very charitable team of employees and students that volunteer their valuable time to local charities and worthwhile causes year after year,” says Kevin L. Kirk, Ed.D., Community Care College President. “We are proud to accept this award from President Bush and look forward to continuing volunteer efforts in the community.”
The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions made by students, faculty and staff within their local communities and across the country through volunteer service. It aims to identify and promote model service programs and practices at the higher education level. While more than 500 colleges and universities across the country applied for the award, Community Care College was the only career college recipient in Oklahoma.
“We feel that giving back to the community is important, especially in the health care industry,” says Dr. Kirk. In an effort to learn the importance of serving the community, students at Community Care College are required to volunteer at least 30 hours of their time throughout their enrollment. While students can volunteer for any nonprofit organization, an extensive list of such agencies is available at the college. A few include the American Red Cross, Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army and the Tulsa Community Food Bank.
Community Care College students participate in a food drive organized by the campus’ ambassador organization.
Community Care College hosted its first volunteer fair earlier this year. Agencies from Tulsa and surrounding areas were invited to visit the college’s campus and provide students with information about their organizations. The event was organized to give students exposure to agencies unfamiliar to them, allowing students to make more informed decisions about which to volunteer. According to Dr. Kirk, the event was very successful and will most likely be planned for 2008.
A student ambassador organization arranges additional volunteering activities for the campus. A few activities include food drives, blood drives and many Christmastime campaigns such as Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids. Community Care College students are encouraged to join the ambassadors in donating time separate from their required hours.
If you would like to start meeting your goals and achieve “more than you imagine,” contact Community Care College today at (918) 610-0027. Programs offered by the school include: Surgery Technology, Pharmacy Technology, Dental, Medical and Veterinary Assisting, Fitness and Health Training, as well as Massage Therapy. Interested teachers are also welcome to inquire for positions.