International association offering scholarships for online course
The International Town & Gown Association is a membership-based organization; ITGA’s purpose is to be The College Town Resource Center serving as the primary information resource point for common issues between institutions of higher learning and the cities in which they reside.
In partnership with VT and the Town of Blacksburg, the ITGA is offering full-scholarships for 10 deserving students to participate in a six week on-line course beginning February 5th, 2013 Tuesday/Thursday 5:30-7:30PM; you can participate on your own from home, or as a team which will gather at the Town Neighborhood Services Office.
This on-line training is designed for busy professionals, university, local government, community leaders, and students leaders who are brought together to use real-world experiences to formulate practical solutions to town-gown relations. ITGA recognizes that institutes of higher education are typically the economic backbone of the communities they occupy.
A student’s undergraduate or postgraduate stay in a college community truly has an impact whether or not that student chooses to be a guest commuting only long enough to graduate or perhaps a future alum considering full time residency, career and making their college community their new home.
Certificate earners will work constructively with stakeholders in the city, university and government sectors. They will analyze case studies designed around university-community conflict and search for plausible solutions to town-gown challenges.
The program will also teach recommended practices for dealing with challenging issues such as working with city government; tips for community engagement, comprehensive and master planning for future growth, the quality of life challenges of living off campus, and much more. This certification will be a valuable asset for a student’s resume and no required homework, just teamwork.
Kim Griffo, executive irector, stated “We are pleased to announce this initiative with The Town of Blacksburg and that Braden Croy, recent VT graduate will be instructing one of the student modules related to student entrepreneurship development on campus and in the community.” VT has one the strongest student focused town-gown relationships in the U.S. That does not just happen; you have to build a culture of commitment to student collaborations on and off campus. We are thrilled to be working with Kim Kirk, The Town of Blacksburg, and VT Students.
Register today by contacting Kim Kirk, Neighborhood Services Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-951-4347. For additional information about ITGA visit their website at www.itgaonline.org
– Submitted by Kim Griffo, executive director of the International Town and Gown Association
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