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ETSU announces new Peace Corps prep program

Contributed • Jun 23, 2018 at 4:30 PM

JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University announced a new partnership centered on an undergraduate certificate program called Peace Corps Prep.

Students in the Peace Corps Prep program, scheduled to launch at ETSU in fall semester of 2018, will combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience. Students completing the Peace Corps Prep program receive a certificate from the Peace Corps - and a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service.

Peace Corps Prep will be structured around an interdisciplinary minor, with courses potentially from five different colleges. The program will be coordinated by the College of Public Health. Through the program, students will learn about and practice leadership, intercultural competence, foreign language and a professional sector of their choice such as education, health or the environment.

Established in 2007, the Peace Corps Prep program aims to meet the demand for Peace Corps volunteers with a broad and relevant set of expertise, and to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students. ETSU is the first Peace Corps Prep program in Tennessee. The College of Public Health also houses a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program that assists returning volunteers who wish to pursue graduate training in public health.

Since 1961, ETSU has had 100 Peace Corps volunteers, with six students currently serving today.

The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development.

Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.

For more information about the Peace Corps Prep program at ETSU, visit https://www.etsu.edu/cph/pc_prep.php.

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