PELLA, Iowa - JJ Owens of Traer, was a participant in the Central College Program for Learning Awareness of Cultures in an Experiential Setting (PLACES), facilitated by the office of community-based learning, during the 2009 spring semester. Students presented during a year-end symposium May 4-7.
Students enrolled in experiential modules presented their work with children and families at risk, persons who are confined to long-term care, persons with disabilities and other topics.
The PLACES program began at Central in 1996 when the college initiated a new core curriculum, which included a cultural awareness requirement unique to most liberal arts settings. Students are required to study a foreign language, non-western cultures and obtain two semester hours of experiential credit.
Students can earn x credits through the study abroad program or by working with non-profit organizations in the surrounding areas like Des Moines, Ottumwa, Newton and Pella.
Owens, senior, business management major, graduate of North Tama High School, went bowling with persons served from the Christian Opportunity Center in Pella and assisted Children and Family Urban Ministries in Des Moines.