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The Collaborative @ WVU

The VISTA Collaborative at West Virginia University (WVU) is leading the way in developing higher education as a hub for the AmeriCorps VISTA program. In accordance with our land-grant mission, we are striving to develop targeted, unique collaborations that support innovative student learning, leverage resources within the university, and develop engagement programming to improve outcomes in the community and strengthen student success. Through collective impact, these collaborations will create a larger, more sustainable impact on poverty in West Virginia.  Additionally, the initiative aims to increase best practice community based learning that will promote high impact pedagogy and retention. The VISTA Collaborative is currently comprised of focus areas that address various initiatives within our community. The focus areas change with each new program and they represent the diversity in higher education.

“We are proud to have a program at WVU that supports civic engagement and the diverse impacts higher education can make on students and communities.  The AmeriCorps VISTA program also provides wonderful opportunities in career development and national service for graduating students. With increased promotion and visibility on campus, The Collaborative at WVU will actively support and recruit members to serve their country and institution!"                                          

      -Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner, CSL Director

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Available Positions:

Collaborative Adult and Early Access Support 
This position will help to build best practices and recruitment models to bring more adults to join a program and receive a college degree. The RBA Program is an innovative baccalaureate designed to be a foundational bachelor’s degree for adult and non-traditional students. This program differs from other bachelor’s degrees in that RBA students may earn “College-Equivalent Credit” for skills and knowledge gained through life experience, which can be equated to college courses. 

Collaborative Daily Anthenaeum VISTA 
By studying student media at other universities with a similar student cohort, the VISTA can help the professional staff of the Daily Athenaeum understand what methods others have used to build and retain a student staff. We want to create an organization that students compete to belong to and are honored to be a part of. We need to know how to bring on new students and how to keep them coming back through training, events or other organizational traditions. Student employment is critical to the financial needs of students in college and helps with retention. A key need is also to help us identify and utilize the thousands of DA alumni who have been a part of the DA’s 130 year history.

Is VISTA for you?

This VISTA project seeks to enhance effective partnerships between WVU’s Center for Service and Learning (CSL), faculty, and community organizations (with a special emphasis on the CNCS priority area of education) to improve the impact of working with local partners to best serve communities. The VISTA Collaborative will allow the CSL and WVU to provide our community with support, capacity building, innovation and connections that will increase human resource capacity of social service organizations and contribute to the alleviation of poverty. The mission of this VISTA program would be to assist in developing unique, targeted collaborations that will allow the agencies that serve low income persons to share resources and team up to make a larger, more sustainable impact on poverty in WV. By building collaborations (pods) the VISTA is also building a permanent bridge between agencies to WVU students

  • This is a one year, AmeriCorps VISTA position
  • Applications must be submitted through the AmeriCorps website (MyAmeriCorps.gov)
  • Applications are due ASAP

Program Details:

The AmeriCorps VISTA will focus on building connections between units and community agencies that serve our students. Each VISTA member will create an innovative partnership toward a focused goal of community building. 

If you are affiliated with a WVU unit interested in hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA member, please contact Dr. Kristi Wood-Turner at kwood@wvu.edu

If you are interested in the AmeriCorps program and/or becoming a VISTA member, please contact Leah Cunningham at leah.cunningham@mail.wvu.edu

Please visit https://my.americorps.gov to learn about the benefits of a VISTA year, and apply today! 



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