ISU, IWU To Launch Peace Corps Program


College students in the Twin Cities will now have the chance to prepare for the Peace Corps through programs on campus.

Illinois Wesleyan University and Illinois State University were both chosen by the Peace Corps as a training site. The schools are launching a certificate Peace Corps Prep Program on both campuses this year.

Students will get to pick a sector to focus on, like the environment. The sectors are inline with what you can apply for in the Peace Corps. The program includes course work, community service, and resume help.

Deborah Halperin, who will head the program at IWU says, “I think it helps us to fulfill our mission to encourage students to really think globally and be citizens no matter what community becomes their future home base.”

She says the fact that both ISU and IWU were chosen this year will be a good opportunity for students on both campuses to work together.

Students don’t have to apply for the Peace Corps to join the program. Halperin says it can help put students ahead in other fields as well.

“We’re always talking about how our students are citizen scholars and how we’re encouraging them to position themselves as change agents in our society. And this program fits really nicely in our mission,” she says.
It’s also important to note the program doesn’t guarantee that you will get in to the Peace Corps, if you choose that path.

If you are interested, there will be a launch event on September 20, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., at the Bone Student Center.

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