The Retention Project, a college-based mentoring program, utilizes service-learning as a strategy to improve the retention of first-generation college students and the academic advancement of disadvantaged and nontraditional college, high school, and middle school students.
The WACC VISTA Project serves poverty-affected populations in Washington state by placing full-time AmeriCorps*VISTA members on campuses to serve faculty, staff and students, and the surrounding community through service-learning projects.
WACC partners with Campus Compacts from California, Hawaii, and Oregon to host an annual professional development conference each spring. The conference is a national and international model for professional development among service-learning practitioners, including faculty, community service-learning directors, administrators, students, and community partners.
The Membership Meeting is an annual event that convenes service-learning practitioners and partners from around the state. Participants engage in professional development workshops, network with colleagues, and share and exchange campus- and community-based resources.
The WACC website, www.wacampuscompact.org, and the national Campus Compact website, www.compact.org, are resources for current news and program information. WACC also hosts a variety of listservs and distributes a quarterly newsletter to share information, resources, and best practices with the service-learning community.
Washington Campus Compact (WACC) in partnership with Washington higher education institutions, develops statewide strategies to improve college access and success of low-income, first-generation, and minority students. Efforts will improve college access and success through the use of effective campus-based mentoring programs.