Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Berea College: a sustainable education that you work for

One of the college brochures at our SOY table is for Berea College.  This is a unique school located near the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky.  I visited the campus this fall, and it is impressive and beautiful.

If you are a student who wants a good liberal arts education and have limited resources to pay for college, check out this school.  Instead of charging tuition, the school operates on a work-study model.  They also stress learning crafts and ecology.  We saw furniture made by Berea students that was finely crafted and met a Berea alum who is a master weaver in the town of Berea.  Now is the time to apply for Fall, 2014 admissions.  Here is more info about the school from their home page:

About the College

Berea College is distinctive among institutions of higher learning. Founded in 1855 as the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, Berea charges no tuition and admits only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. 
Berea offers rigorous undergraduate academic programs leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in 28 fields.  All students work at least 10 hours per week in campus and service jobs in more than 130 departments.
The College has an inclusive Christian character, expressed in its motto ”God has made of one blood all peoples of the Earth.”  Berea’s primary service region is the Southern Appalachian region, but students come from all states in the U.S. and in a typical year, from more than 60 other countries representing a rich diversity of colors, cultures, and faiths. About one in three students represents an ethnic minority.
Berea continues to build upon a distinctive history of 150 years of learning, labor and service, and find new ways to apply our mission (the Great Commitments) to contemporary times bypromoting kinship among all people, serving communities in Appalachia and beyond and living sustainably to conserve limited natural resources.

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