Prince George’s Community College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service, according to a press release sent to the AFRO.

The honor roll is the highest federal recognition an institution of higher learning can receive for volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. Representatives from the school will receive an award at the National Conference of Volunteering and Service Conference in New York City later this summer. 

“We are pleased and honored to receive this very special recognition for the assistance our students are providing to children with special needs, at-risk youth and families in Prince George’s County,” said Andristine Robinson, director of student services operations.

According to the release, nearly 5,500 students volunteered close to 20,000 hours to initiatives such as the Exceptional Children’s Program, Feed the Hungry Ministries, First Baptist Church of Glenarden and Capital Area Food Bank.

PGCC is one of 12 colleges and universities in the state to receive recognition from the Corporation for National and Community Service and is one of more than 700 institutions across the country honored for making positive impacts in their community.

Recipients of the community service honor roll award were selected based on service projects, percentage of student participation in service-related activities, incentives for service and academic service-learning courses provided by the school.