|Project Center Website:||Click to visit|
|Restrictions:||WPI applicants only|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Acad Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Program Term:||B Term, C Term, D Term, E Term||Project Opportunities:||IQP|
|Director:||Corey Dehner||Center Highlights:||Community Development, Domestic, Low or No Cost, Urban|
|Housing:||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|
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. The WCPC-WROC provides students with the opportunity to assist and collaborate with central Massachusetts municipalities on water resource protection issues of immediate importance.
Students will commute to work at the Worcester Community Project Center offices in downtown Worcester or at their sponsoring organization.
ProjectsThe 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. Projects may include 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; and designing and building an adaptive bicycle for Worcester residents with Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism spectrum disorder.
Students who choose the WCPC get to have diverse cultural experiences without leaving Worcester. Projects focus on questions of science and technology as they relate to different social groups. Through community engagement students learn how such questions affect people with different incomes, races, ethnicities, and genders.
Project sponsors include municipal governments, state social and environmental agencies, state senators, Habitat for Humanity, AIDS project Worcester, African Community Education program, the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester Earn-A-Bike, the YMCA, the Mayor’s Office, the Worcester Historical Museum, the Ecotarium, Broad Meadow Brook Audubon Sanctuary, and the 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.