The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 25, 2013

Peace Corps, PSU partner to offer Peace Corps Prep Program

From staff reports
From staff reports

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Representatives of the Peace Corps and Pittsburg State University will announce on Friday a partnership to increase opportunities for students to prepare for Peace Corps service.

PSU is just the seventh university in the nation to partner with the Peace Corps Prep Program.

“Pittsburg State encourages its students to make a difference by becoming global leaders through community service and international study,” Acting Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said in a statement.

Undergraduates at PSU will be able to immediately incorporate Peace Corps Prep’s internationally-focused curriculum into their studies. They will be required to take courses in foreign language, and have course options in social sciences, health sciences, environmental sciences, business and education.

The Peace Corps Prep Program is intended for students who plan to apply to enter the Peace Corps upon graduation.

Students who complete the program requirements will be competitive applicants, however completion of the program does not guarantee acceptance in the Peace Corps.

Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps by executive order on March 1, 1961, more than 210,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today, 8,073 volunteers are working with local communities in 76 host countries in agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health and youth in development.