Worcester Community Project Center - Center for Community Empowerment & Environmental Responsibility (IQP)
The Worcester Community Project Center - Center for Community Empowerment & Environmental Responsibility (CEER) 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.
The Worcester Community Project Center (WCPC) is an off-campus project center. Students will commute to work at the Worcester Community Project Center offices in downtown Worcester or at their sponsoring organization.
Students must arrive on or before the posted start date and stay through the posted end date of the program. Dates will be posted at the top of this page. WPI housing will be available from the start date to the end date. If students plan to arrange any personal travel before or after the program, they will be responsible for arranging and paying for their own housing.
Past Worcester (CEER) students have:
- Improved build site operations and volunteer tracking systems at Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester
- Made recommendations to enhance relationships between the Worcester YMCA and newcomer populations
- Worked with State Senator James Eldridge to research components for a new underground storage tank spill cleanup policy in Massachusetts
Students will be billed the following fees by WPI for the WPI semester they are away. These will be billed to you on the regular WPI billing cycle (i.e. Fall semester, and Spring semester).
- WPI Tuition and Fees
- WPI Housing Fee (if applicable)
- WPI Meal Plan (if applicable, reduced for term away)
- Global Projects Program Housing and Program Fee (for applicable programs)
In addition to this, students should budget for the following while away:
- Local transportation
- Airfare (if applicable)
- Tourist activities and incidentals
- Project related incidentals
A breakdown of all estimated expenses for Worcester (CEER) can by term at the top of this page by clicking on this links in the "Estimated Expenses" section.
WPI is committed to the health, safety, and security of all students who participate in our programs. While off-campus study can present unique challenges and inherent risks, we believe that careful research and diligent planning are keys to a safe and rewarding project experience. WPI utilizes several key resources to understand the risks of travel in the countries where we operate, and we urge you to consult these same resources as you research your intended destination. You can also discuss questions and concerns about your travel plans with on-campus resources such as the IGSD, the Student Health Center, the Office of Disability Services, and the Student Development and Counseling Center. It very important that you consider your own health requirements as you review what sites are most interesting to you.