Center for Community & Learning Partnerships
Since 2005, the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP) has enabled Wentworth students and faculty to participate in a wide range of community service activities, both for credit and for the greater good. These projects provide transformative experiences for students while benefitting local organizations and addressing local needs.
Projects overseen by CLP are organized by program type: College Access, Community Engagement, and Service Learning.
Wentworth’s community includes immediate neighbors in Mission Hill, as well as the greater Boston area. CLP also has projects at sites across the country and around the world. Serving as a think tank where energetic ideas meet established principles and practice, the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and won the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll multiple times.
Helping Boston Youth Prepare for College
The Center for Community and Learning Partnerships (CLP) is committed to helping Boston Public School students from neighboring communities create pathways to college and career success. To help them achieve these important goals, it offers several programs as part of the Boston Pipeline Initiative in which local youth can participate:
The Dual Credit program allows juniors and seniors from partnering Boston high schools to earn college credit while simultaneously receiving credit toward a high school diploma. This program is aimed at students who have an interest in Wentworth and the STEM fields. Learn more about Dual Credit.
RAMP is a six-week, pre-college, summer bridge program for Boston residents who will be attending Wentworth in the fall as first-year students and majoring in STEM disciplines. Learn more about RAMP.
At Wentworth, community engagement involves projects and programs that build capacity and offer services addressing neighborhood needs and solving community challenges, in partnership with the communities themselves. Wentworth students, staff, and faculty engage with communities through hands-on projects that benefit all stakeholders and produce reciprocal partnerships. These programs include:
- Alternative Spring Break
- Co+ Build
- Community Work Study
- Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Service learning is a project-based teaching and learning model that integrates community engagement with instruction, social innovation, and reflection. The goal is to enrich the learning experience for students, teach the value of social responsibility, and strengthen surrounding communities.
- Service learning projects can be executed through coursework, through involvement in student clubs and organizations, by undertaking cooperative learning positions with community organizations, or through Wentworth’s required senior-year capstone. Service learning options include Community Co-op, Community Projects, and the Certificate Program.
- Brandal Delgado, College Access Coordinator
- Rebecca Drossman, Assistant Director for College Access
- Erik Miller, Director
- Courtney Wright, Associate Director for Neighborhood Relations
The realignment of two individuals within the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships (not listed above), who are largely engaged on matters pertaining to community relations and government affairs on behalf of Wentworth, is still being examined as part of ongoing divisional reorganization.