Mayor Menino to Declare Thursday College of Public and Community Service Day in Boston

Office of Communications | April 25, 2012
Mayor Menino to Declare Thursday College of Public and Community Service Day in Boston

CPCS Hosting Spring Showcase Thursday Afternoon

Boston Mayor and College of Public and Community Service alumnus Thomas Menino will declare Thursday College of Public and Community Service Day in Boston, the same day the college will host a showcase of its four undergraduate programs and master’s program in human services.

The College of Public and Community Service (CPCS) spent some time evaluating and reconfiguring its programs to better meet the needs of its students; new students were admitted into the revamped and revitalized programs starting in the spring of 2011. The Spring Showcase, a celebration of what the 40-year-old college is today, will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, with the main program on the CPCS Plaza, located on the fourth floor of Wheatley Hall, starting at 4:30 p.m.

“Since 1972, CPCS faculty and staff have been fully committed to making our communities, our commonwealth, our country, and our world a better place. They have inspired countless students to take on society’s toughest issues, and equipped them for the fight with knowledge, understanding, and compassion. They have worked for social justice tirelessly, with open minds and open hearts, even in climates like today’s, of cynicism and resignation,” says Chancellor J. Keith Motley.

“The College of Public and Community Service is proud to continue its 40-year legacy of service to Boston, the Commonwealth, and the nation. The showcase introduces the public to CPCS as an upper division college for public and community service professions,” says Interim Dean Anna Madison.

Thursday’s showcase includes live music, refreshments, and five stations representing each of the programs the college offers: Labor Studies; Human Services, MS; Gerontology; Community Studies Online Degree Completion Program; and Human Services, BA.

  • The Labor Studies Programs prepare students for work in unions and other labor organizations, community-based organizations, and government and public service.
  • The goal of the Master of Science in Human Services Program is to prepare outstanding human services managers, program developers, and planners.
  • Many gerontology graduates have made significant contributions to the field as administrators, managers, caregivers, advocates, and peer supporters.
  • A degree in community studies can lead to career advancement in community-based organizations and agencies, public and private, as well as in charitable institutions, nonprofit development corporations, and youth programs.
  • The BA Program in Human Services prepares students for careers in human services and for further professional development and graduate education in this field.

All students, faculty members, and community partners are welcome to attend Thursday’s free event. There will be a program in the fall for alumni.

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Tags: community studies , cpcs , gerontology , human services , labor studies

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