Nassau Community College (NCC) had 15 NCC students selected to participate in Gov. Cuomo's New York Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative service learning program during the summers of 2018 and 2019.
Making a Difference for Others, Students are Changing Their Own Lives
These students were selected out of approximately 5000 SUNY and CUNY student applications submitted across all 64 SUNY campuses. They travelled to Puerto Rico for varying amounts of time, ranging from two weeks to 3 months, on separate deployment periods between June and August, worked as part of the recovery and rebuilding initiative, completed some supplemental academic coursework, many of whom earned 3 college credits. All academic, travel, lodging, and most food expenses were fully covered. NCC is very proud of all our students who applied and especially of those selected to serve.
In speaking with several of them upon their return, they all expressed how it was a ‘life changing experience’ and that it ‘opened their eyes’ to the devastation of what happened in PR and how humbled they felt to be part of a mission to help rehabilitate homes and communities. Students highly recommended that their peers all commit to this type of experience in order to help and serve – but also to learn from the individuals and families affected by their losses.
Adolescent Education major
Construction Management major
Physical Therapist Assistant major