May 3, 2011
For Immediate Release
Contact: Justin G. Roy, firstname.lastname@example.org
NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall Helps Peace College Kick Off New Program
"The Raleigh Experience" Links Classes and Public Service
Raleigh — Secretary of State Elaine Marshall and the leaders of the NC Center for Women in Public Service joined Peace College President Debra Townsley this morning to announce major changes in the political science and pre-law programs at Peace, with a big emphasis on public service.
The changes include an innovative new curriculum called "The Raleigh Experience," that will connect the classroom to the real world of public policy. In addition, the officials announced that the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service has moved into Peace College, strengthening the College’s commitment to shaping and mentoring North Carolina’s future female leaders.
"Obviously, these are times of huge change in higher education. With exciting new programs like this, it’s clear that Peace College intends to be on the positive side of that change," said Marshall. "The changes in the political science and pre-law curriculum, the move onto campus of the Center for Women in Public Service, and the launch of the Raleigh Experience are all very good news for students at Peace."
Marshall is an honorary Director of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service.
Townsley said, "students are telling us they want degree programs that more directly prepare them for their careers, and we’re listening. The changes we’re announcing today at Peace, which is just across the street from the heart of state government, will help the College prepare the next generation of women for leadership roles in North Carolina."
David McLennan, Chair of Peace’s political science department, said, "our new political science and pre-law programs will be unique. They will be a fully integrated mix of professional experience, academic coursework, and real-life challenges."
McLennan said, "every political science or pre-law major will take a core group of classes that will prepare her for graduate school or a public service career. These courses develop critical thinking, research, and writing skills that public sector employers and law school admission deans say are critical for success."
McLennan explained that the centerpiece of both the political science and pre-law programs will be the Raleigh Experience. "It’s a cooperative learning experience for students that will enhance their resumes and launch their public service careers. Each student will spend a semester cooping full-time in governmental, legal, nonprofit, and political organizations," he said.
The North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit statewide organization whose mission is to prepare women to seek and serve in elected and appointed office in North Carolina.
"We are charting a new course in the history of the North Carolina Center for Women in Public Service, and this deeper collaboration with Peace College will strengthen our platform to prepare women to serve in appointed and elected offices in North Carolina," said Annette Taylor, Executive Director of the Center.
The Center offers both interactive one-day workshops that equip women with the tools to seek and serve in appointed public office, and runs the Women in Office Institute, an intensive seven day, leadership and campaign training program that prepares women to seek elected office.
"The women of Peace College today are the policymakers of tomorrow. And they are our future generation of leaders," Taylor said. "We are delighted to strengthen our collaboration with this excellent institution."
Townsley said the announcement is part of a series of moves the College is making to strengthen its offerings and remain responsive to student needs. "In changing times," she said, "every college and university must make its own decisions and chart its own course. At Peace College, we’ve made the decision that we’re going to spend the months and years ahead growing, expanding, and innovating."
Peace College is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for girls and women from kindergarten to college courses. Peace College became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009 and remains a women’s college for its day program.
Its mission is to prepare students for lifelong learning, meaningful careers, and ethical citizenship. On average, more than 90% of Peace College students are placed in jobs or graduate school upon graduation.
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