The Importance of Giving Back
We are committed to giving back to the Alle-Kiski Valley, 我们生活的地方, 学习和工作, striving to make life better for those in our community.
As part of Penn State's mission as a land grant institution, Penn State 新肯辛顿 is committed to working with and contributing to our community. Whether it's a program for our local youth and high school students, or customized seminars and workshops for businesses and industry, we are actively involved in outreach services and hosting of community events.
We also work collaboratively with workforce and economic development agencies to help to enhance our local workforce.
我们的学生, 教师 and staff actively participate in community activities, representing the campus as individuals and in groups. Recently, we have given a hand with the following activities:
- Painting and cleaning during the United Way of Westmoreland County's "一天 of Caring"
- Sorting food with the Westmoreland County Food Bank
- Participating in "一天 On, Not a 一天 Off" activities on Martin Luther King Jr. 一天
- Doing environmental cleanup and cataloging books during a service-learning trip to Puerto Rico
- Building a sweat lodge and outhouse during a service-learning trip to Navajo Nation
- Sponsoring a dance at a local nursing home, organizing a local toy drive, and more.
Additional community initiatives
角落里, Penn State 新肯辛顿's innovation hub, is located in downtown 新肯辛顿. The innovation hub is one of 21 Invent Penn State hubs across 宾西法尼亚 and provides entrepreneurial programming, small business development 资源, mentoring and other free and low-cost programming open to all students, 教师, staff and community members. The hub was initially funded by a $150,000 grant from Invent Penn State, an initiative that brings together Penn State’s intellectual 资源, 校友, private and public businesses and investors to support the efforts.
Westmoreland Economic Development Initiative for Growth
WEDIG (Westmoreland Economic Development Initiative for Growth) is an organization representing five local townships that work together to achieve economic growth and global competitiveness through private-public partnerships. Chancellor Kevin Snider spearheaded the establishment of the group in 2009 to foster quality development in communities throughout the county. Members come from five Alle-Kiski municipalities: Allegheny Township, 阿诺德, 低伯勒尔, 新肯辛顿 and Upper 伯勒尔. Snider organized WEDIG into committees that deal with five issues: infrastructure; education and training; quality of life; business and investment; and health, wellness and spirituality. Penn State 新肯辛顿 students serve as interns to help each committee.
CREATE Lab Satellite Network Regional Hub
Alle-Kiski Best Practices Collaborative CREATE Lab Satellite Network Regional Hub, better known by its acronym 美国广播公司(ABC)创建, is a campus partnership with 15 local school districts, the CREATE Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, Westmoreland County Community College and Penn State Electro-Optics Center. 美国广播公司(ABC)创建 works to identify strengths, 资源, and needs related to STEM education within individual districts and to share best practices and integrate technology into classrooms to prepare students for future careers. The program helps develop teacher advocates and build an educationally-focused collaborative. The program includes the school districts of Allegheny Valley, Apollo-Ridge, 阿姆斯特朗, 伯勒尔, 鹿的湖泊, 自由港, 福克斯教堂, 富兰克林区域, 高地, Kiski区域, Leechburg, 新Kensington-阿诺德, 李子, Riverview and South Butler. The collaboration benefits approximately 40,000 students from kindergarten to grade 12 in the Alle-Kiski Valley. The campus was awarded a $300,000 grant from the Grable Foundation to work in concert with the school districts, government and industry to share best practices and to integrate technology into classrooms to prepare students for future careers. The program expands innovative teaching and learning through the STREAM initiative.