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away in the former principals lodge at Traill College is a small
staff of people brimming with enthusiasm and energy. Their goal is to
connect Trent students to community-based research, linking meaningful
local research projects to the Trent experience.
Jennifer Bowe, director of the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education
(TCCBE), explains that the organization was founded on principles derived
from a holistic approach to development. The idea was that sustainable
community development should encompass issues related to the environment,
the economy and equitable social change. By linking Trent students and
researchers to the needs of local community groups and not-for-profit
organizations, the TCCBE attempts to bridge those issues.
Over the past few years students participating in TCCBE programs has increased
substantially, and approximately 65 students were involved in community-based
research last year. Projects range from assessing programs to compiling
"This is an exciting way to demonstrate the value of a liberal arts
and science education," says Jennifer. "It is hands-on work
and benefits both the student and the organization. As well, students
really like it. They like getting into the community and knowing someone
will be able to use their work."
For more information about the Trent Centre for Community-Based Education,
please feel free to call Jennifer at 743-0523, or visit www.trentu.ca/tccbe.
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October 24, 2002