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Environmental program aims for community engagement

Environmental health students take readings from a nearby creek. WCU photo Environmental health students take readings from a nearby creek. WCU photo

Western Carolina University has named its Environmental Health Program in the College of Health and Human Sciences as its first Community Engaged Program. 

Administered by WCU’s Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, the designation was created for programs that align expertise and research with public service initiatives and community investment. Students are expected to participate in serving community needs while meeting academic goals. Selected programs receive a $2,500 stipend in their first year, recognition at an annual awards event, and a Community Engaged Program insignia for their efforts. 

“Community engagement permeates every corner of the Environmental Health Program,” said Jennifer Cooper, associate director for the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. “By incorporating service learning into their curriculum, a community focus into their scholarship and volunteer opportunities into the mission of their student organization, the program has proven that it values connecting with the community and investing in the region.”

The Environmental Health Program is a bachelor’s degree path that prepares students to identify and reduce people’s exposure to pollutants and protect human health from biological, chemical and physical hazards. For more information about community engagement and service learning at WCU, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.227.7184.

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