Partnering for a Better Yates County
For more than 100 years, service has been one of the hallmarks of the Keuka College philosophy, and it plays a major role in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff. To us, service means more than just volunteer hours—it also means dedicating resources and creating programs that help those in our community advance their education and lives of purpose and accomplishment.
The D.R.I.V.E. (Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential Learning) program provides a unique service for developmentally-delayed 18 to 21-year-old special education students. The program is a collaboration between the Penn Yan Central School District, Arc of Yates County, and Keuka College.
In the program, Keuka College students serve as peer mentors to young adults with developmental disabilities as they assimilate into the College environment and explore their personal goals. D.R.I.V.E. students attend college classes, participate in campus activities and events, have jobs on campus, and can receive a Certificate of Higher Education at Keuka College's commencement exercises.
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Workforce Investment Board
Keuka College has been an active partner with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) throughout the years, partnering on initiatives for businesses and job-seekers.
The College participates in FLWIB career fairs, provides supervision and direction to participants in the Youth Work Experience programs, and faculty and staff provide expertise to a number programs designed to enhance Finger Lakes employment opportunities.
To help combat regional unemployment, the College funds a $15,500 "Back to Business" scholarship to any student from the Finger Lakes region accepted into the full-time, on-campus master of science in management (MSM) program.
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Since 2006, Keuka College has been recognized by the White House for the number of community service hours conducted by students, faculty, and staff each year. The College is a lead sponsor of Celebrate Service... Celebrate Yates (CSCY), the annual day of service in Yates County, actively assists neighbors in disaster recovery efforts, and comes together to help local families throughout the year.
Students, faculty, and staff alike serve as mentors to area youth, serve on regional planning committees and boards of directors, and volunteer at camps, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and organizations such as Milly's Pantry, The Living Well, the United Way, the Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium, and Literacy Volunteers of Yates County.
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