BOONE, N.C. — Twelve students and recent graduates from Appalachian State University have been invited to serve in the Peace Corps in 2019. Deborah Buckley, a recruiter for Western North Carolina Peace Corps, said the number represents the largest group of Appalachian invitees since she began recruiting in the area in 2014.
“This year’s large number of Peace Corps invitees is evidence our students, faculty and staff want to make an impact on the world,” said Dr. Susan McCracken, director of career development and economic engagement at Appalachian. “The number is representative of our commitment to support the Peace Corps and to support diversity around making the Peace Corps known to students who aren’t familiar with it.”
Peace Corps Prep Program at Appalachian
To further sustain and bolster the numbers of recruits, Appalachian’s Career Development Center launched a Peace Corps Prep Program last fall. The program is designed to give students a competitive edge for the Peace Corps application process by building on four core competencies — training and experience in a work sector, foreign language skills, intercultural competence, and professional and leadership development — which help prepare students for international development work and potential Peace Corps service.
Appalachian is one of only a few Peace Corps Prep Partner Schools in North Carolina.
“Being selected by the Peace Corps to implement the Peace Corps Prep Program is a significant endorsement of the value Appalachian places on global learning and diversity,” McCracken said.
Students can enter the program at any time, and if they’ve already fulfilled the program requirements, they can catalogue their progress. Once the student’s catalogue is verified, the Career Development Center will send it to the Peace Corps, which will provide a certificate stating the student has completed the program.
Appalachian’s 2019 Peace Corps invitees will each serve in one of six different work sectors — agriculture, community economic development, education, environment, health, and youth in development — in 10 countries located on four continents around the globe.
The 2019 invitees:
- Lindsey Abdelfattah ’18, of Bessemer City — an alumna with a B.S.B.A. in management.
- Paige Anderson ’18, of Mooresville — an alumna with a B.S. in elementary education.
- Talley Breedlove ’17, of Overland Park, Kansas — an alumna with a B.A. in global studies.
- Montana Brown ’17, of Lexington — an alumnus with a B.S. in political science.
- Davis Clark, of Morganton — a senior environmental science major.
- Itzel Cruz, of Hendersonville — a senior biology major.
- Elizabeth Hens ’18, of Greensboro — an alumna with a B.S. in communication, public relations.
- Kelly Hoeltzel ’18, of Hertford — an alumna with a B.S. in sustainable development.
- Sarah Raftery ’18, of Barkhamsted, Connecticut — an alumna with a B.S. in sustainable development.
- Maryann Riley, of Columbia, South Carolina — a senior child development major.
- Ramsey Wyles ’17, of Gaffney, South Carolina — an alumna with a B.A. in global studies.
One invitee wished to remain anonymous and is therefore not listed.
Students interested in learning more about Peace Corps service and the Peace Corps Prep Program can attend informational sessions held throughout the semester or connect with the organization at Careers For Impact on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Appalachian’s Plemmons Student Union.
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About the Career Development Center
The Career Development Center at Appalachian State University supports the mission of the university and its Division of Student Affairs in developing lifelong learners and leaders by engaging and challenging students within a culture of care and inclusion. Students who participate in the center’s services are able to identify core values, beliefs and skills and use them to articulate relatable career goals; acquire transferable skills and relevant experiences for future professional endeavors; and utilize resources that are available to gain experiential learning opportunities and cultivate professional networks. Learn more at https://careers.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.