Alvernia University’s Holleran Center is expanding to offer its students a centralized hub to explore a wide range of real-world learning experiences. To reflect the center’s new purpose, The Holleran Center for Community Engagement has also been renamed the Holleran Center for Community and Global Engagement (HCCGE).
By pairing real world learning opportunities with classroom experience and career development, Alvernia strives to empower students to discover their passion and transition from the world of college to the world of work, helping them make a positive difference in the world and the lives of others.
Now under the umbrella of the HCCGE are the specialties of community engagement, service-learning, career development, multicultural initiatives, sustainability, and global learning.
“There are many different types of real world experiences offered at Alvernia, so it makes sense to consolidate them into one hub,” said Jay Worrall, director of the HCCGE. “The new design will help us to more easily connect students with meaningful learning activities that further their careers and their personal goals.”
Now in its tenth year, the Holleran Center continues its important work to cultivate and sustain strategic partnerships, both locally with programs like the South Reading Youth Initiative and Reading Collegiate Scholars Program — and globally in places like Ireland and China, in order to strengthen campus and community life.
“We want the Alvernia experience to be transformational — to help them turn what they love into a lifetime of career success and personal fulfillment,” said Worrall.