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Worcester Community Project Center - Center for Community Empowerment & Environmental Responsibility
Worcester, MA, United States; (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: B term,
C term,
D term,
E term
Project Center Website: Click to visit
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Restrictions: WPI applicants only
Estimated Expenses: B term,
C term,
D term,
E term
Fact Sheet:
Project Opportunities:
Corey Dehner
Associate Director:
Laura Roberts
Center Highlights:
Community Development, Domestic, Low or No Cost, Urban
Housing Type:
Commute from campus
Program Preparation:
1/6 PQP in the term preceding departure, ID 2050 in the term preceding departure
Program Eligibility:
All majors eligible, Good academic standing (not on academic warning or academic probation), Sophomore at the time of application
Program Description:

Students interested in the CEER should apply through this page.  Students interested in the WROC should apply here: WROC


The Worcester Community Project Center (WCPC) is an off-campus project center. Students may participate in either of the WCPC’s two branches: (1) the Center for Community Empowerment & Environmental Responsibility (CEER), and (2) the Water Resource Outreach Center (WROC).* The WCPC-CEER offers students the opportunity to become integrated with their community without leaving their campus residence.


Students will commute to work at the Worcester Community Project Center offices in downtown Worcester or at their sponsoring organization.


The Worcester Community Project Center develops projects both from the grass roots and from the public sector. This means that project teams work hand-in-hand with government agencies, local politicians and Worcester based organizations on important social and environmental issues that impact your Worcester neighbors. Students who choose the WCPC get to have diverse cultural experiences without leaving Worcester.
Through community engagement students learn how such questions affect people with different incomes, races, ethnicities, and genders.

Project Types: science and technology as they relate to different social groups

Project Examples:
  • Working with a state senator on environmental legislation
  • Analyzing differential toxic hazard exposure rates in communities of color and in Worcester’s low-income neighborhoods
  • Designing and building an adaptive bicycle for Worcester residents with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder
Project Sponsors:
  • Municipal governments, state social and environmental agencies, state senators,
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • AIDS project Worcester
  • African Community Education program
  • The Worcester Art MuseumThe Regional Environmental Council.

* The WROC is a new branch of the WCPC and is also affiliated with the Boston Project Center. WCPC-WROC students will be partnered with a central Massachusetts municipality and a water resource expert. WROC students will receive regular water related tutorials during their PQP meetings.


Project Center Website

low or no cost


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Acad Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
E term 2013-2014 02/27/2014
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
D term 2014-2015 01/09/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
D term 2016-2017 10/05/2015
01/11/2016 TBA TBA
C term 2015-2016 10/05/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
D term 2015-2016 11/30/2015
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
C term 2016-2017 07/28/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
B term 2016-2017 07/28/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed