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Pacific will participate in the University Service Program

Jan. 22 – STOCKTON – The University of the Pacific was one of only four private universities in California selected to participate in Californians For All College Corps, a program that provides community services and also helps students pay for their education.

Pacific will receive up to $3.2 million over two years so that 100 students can perform community service while taking classes.

Students who complete a year of service will receive $10,000 for college.

A total of 45 public and private universities were selected through a competitive grant process, including the University of California, Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, Chico State, and the University of San Diego.

The state is investing $146 million in the program, the largest in California history.

“We make it clear here in California, like the GI Bill, that if you’re willing to serve your community and give back in a meaningful way, we’re going to help pay for your education,” said California Service Director Josh Fryday. in a statement to the media.

Similar to AmeriCorps, Californians For All College Corps will deploy up to 6,500 students to work or intern at organizations focused on climate change, K-12 education, food insecurity and COVID-19 recovery .

“California is a world leader in both higher education and services,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at a news conference Tuesday. “The #CaliforniansForAll College Corps advances these priorities by connecting Californians from diverse backgrounds with rewarding service opportunities across the state while making college more affordable for our state’s future leaders. We hope that the Corps will be reproduced across the country.”

A portion of the funds allocated to Pacific will also be used for new positions, which the school plans to fill with students who have completed the program.

“Having this unprecedented level of state and federal funding to help with student outreach and learning is an incredible opportunity,” said Dari Tran, Pacific political science professor and co-director of the program. “We’re expanding more than three times what the program was last year. There are plenty of local nonprofits that can use some help, and I know we’ll be recruiting some great partners.”

Pacific President Christopher Callahan applauded the expansion of the College Corps program.

“The cornerstone of a Pacific education is experiential-based opportunities for our students that accelerate learning in real-world settings while serving our communities,” Callahan said. “The major expansion of the College Corps program significantly builds on this great tradition of experiential learning and public service at Pacific. We are very grateful to the Governor and his team for their leadership in this important program. .”

The program will be implemented in the fall of 2022.