The University of Nebraska – Omaha received the nation’s Presidential Award for Economic Opportunity by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Deb Smith-Howell says this is the result of hundreds of engagement efforts by their faculty, staff and students.
UNO is the first college or university in the state to be named as a Presidential Award winner as part of the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. More than 800 colleges and universities were considered for this recognition. UNO is one of four recipients.
Several of the programs UNO developed were identified as top examples of economically focused engagements. They include a Service Learning Academy where UNO teamed with a middle school to develop an aquaponics course that produces food distributed to food pantries. They also developed a SummerWorks Omaha nine week academy that provides 150 high school students an opportunity to work at city parks. They also implemented a program that teaches inmates computer literacy skills at the Douglas County Department of Corrections.
This is the highest honor a college or university can receive by the U-S Government.