Peace Corps recognizes Evergreen graduates abroad

January 22, 2007

The level of alumni involvement in the Peace Corps has again landed The Evergreen State College the distinction as one of the corps top-25 schools in the nation.

With 17 students working abroad as Peace Corps volunteers, Evergreen is ranked 18th among the nation's colleges and universities with less than 5,000 undergraduate students. Ron Tschetter, Director of the Peace Corps said "the Peace Corps presents the face of America to people around the world, and our success is directly attributable to the outstanding support we receive from The Evergreen State College."

With the broad range of study abroad options and the values that the college places on public service, Evergreen President Thomas L. (Les) Purce says "our alumni involvement with the Peace Corps continues to be impressive — it's a testament to the commitment we place on learning across differences and preparing our students to effect positive change."

Program wide, more than 7,700 volunteers currently serve at 67 posts in 73 countries. A new program in Ethiopia will focus on HIV/AIDS, and for the first time, volunteers will serve in Cambodia, according to the Peace Corps. The independent federal program was founded by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. Since that time, more than 187,000 have served.

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