Founded in 1890 on the shores of Keuka Lake in New York state, Keuka College is an independent, four-year, residential, coeducational college that places a strong emphasis on career and pre-professional education. Keuka offers 33 bachelor’s degree programs, several master’s degree programs, and pre-professional programs in dentistry, law, medicine, and veterinary medicine. Keuka prides itself on being a national leader in experiential, hands-on learning. Keuka seeks to “provide students with a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership while valuing social responsibility and diversity.” Keuka College’s website>>
Keuka College’s Center for Experiential Learning serves as a bridge, connecting internships, the classroom and co-curricular activities, into a mutually reinforcing learning network. Field Period (internships), student employment, TeamWorks! The Birkett Mills/Keuka College Challenge Experience, Community Service Resource Center, career services, and co-curricular transcripts fall under the umbrella of the Center. Learn more about the Center for Experiential Learning>>
Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children ages six through 18 with mentors in professional supported one-to-one relationships; Keuka College supports a campus-based mentoring program that matches college students with local youth. Keuka College’s Community Service Resource Center provides biweekly programming for Keuka matches. Past activities have included holiday parties, game/movie nights, ice cream socials, craft making, and field trips. Matches are celebrated each spring at a barbecue hosted by the College’s president. Learn more>>
The DRIVE program provides a unique service for developmentally-delayed 18 to 21 year-old special education students. The program is funded by the Penn Yan Central School District, administered and coordinated by Yates County ARC, and located on the Keuka College campus.
In the program, Keuka College students (sophomores, juniors and seniors who are human services-related majors—psychology, occupational therapy, education and social work) serve as peer mentors to young adults with developmental disabilities as they assimilate into the college environment and explore their personal goals. Classes that students have participated in include Introduction to Psychology, American Sign Language I, Music Appreciation, Visual Design, and Food and Society. Learn more>>
In an effort to support the College’s commitment to social responsibility, the Community Service Resource Center and the Center for Spiritual Life offer students the opportunity to spend their spring break volunteering instead of pursuing a traditional vacation. The goal of this spring break alternative is to engage students in a community-based service project that will provide them with the experience of facing poverty in a new community. Learn more>>