Health Services staff led many health education efforts during spring semester, including an extensive Sexual Violence Prevention Week, and helped 12 new Alvernia Sexual Assault Prevention Peers complete their training with Berks Women in Crisis.
More Latino students in Berks County will be considering college options this fall thanks to a unique partnership between The Higher Education Council of Berks County (HECBC) and The Hispanic Center of Reading and Berks County. The program is providing counseling to Latino students and their parents to help them navigate higher education opportunities and financial aid programs. John McCloskey has for the past two years managed the initiative on behalf of the HECBC with Centro Hispano.
The Berks County United Way again recognized Alvernia with the Carl E. LeVan Award for a non-profit that demonstrates outstanding dedication to the United Way. This year’s Alvernia campaign was led by Tom Minick and raised a record $28,000.
Officials and faculty from Alvernia, Reading Area Community College, and Reading Hospital’s School of Health Sciences are helping Berks students navigate the comprehensive Community Health Education programs offered by the institutions. The overall goal is to encourage careers in healthcare and health sciences by breaking down barriers that students find when transitioning from one program to another, between the schools and areas of specialization. The bottom line: students will be more readily able to obtain appropriate training for the career of their interest and help address the region’s growing healthcare employment needs.
The Holleran Center hosted its seventh annual Creativity Camp this summer. This year's camp was led by Program Director Allison Kren who supervised two 10-day camps that were packed with activities and day trips. The camps’ science theme was "Little Life - Big Fun."
The Holleran Center reports that last year Alvernia students posted a record 14,014 hours of service, while the Alvernia READS program distributed over 3,000 books to children in our community and students volunteered at the South Reading Youth Initiative more than 618 times last year.