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Warren Wilson Receives National Recognition for Community Engagement

Warren Wilson College volunteers at FANS community gardenWarren Wilson College has joined a select group of U.S. colleges and universities in receiving the Classification for Community Engagement from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Warren Wilson is among 17 colleges nationwide to receive the classification in 2015 for the first time.

Warren Wilson has long placed a heavy emphasis on community engagement, evident in part by its adoption of a service graduation requirement more than half a century ago. Today, the college’s approximately 820 students engage in more than 50,000 hours of community service annually, including outreach that is integrated into Warren Wilson’s academic offerings.

In addition to the Carnegie classification, Warren Wilson recently was named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.

Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa (FANS) has been privileged to work with Warren Wilson students on a variety of Warren Wilson student volunteers at Swannanoa Community Garden community projects over the years, including Swannanoa history events, the Swannanoa RiverFest and river cleanups, the Mill Around the Village Festival, and the Swannanoa Community Yard Sale. Recently, Warren Wilson students have been among the regular volunteers at the two community gardens maintained by FANS. The Swannanoa community is fortunate to be among the many beneficiaries of Warren Wilson’s commitment to service.

In other Warren Wilson news, Best College Reviews just named the College as one of the 35 best outdoor schools in America and the top college farm in America. Congratulations Warren Wilson!