Class project has students focus on community concerns

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A class project has several UTPB students more committed to their community.

It all took place in a small groups communication course, where Professor Kevin Thompson assigned groups to identify a problem within their community, and then strategize a solution for it.

"We're trying to expand outward and have a greater connection with the student body to the community and i felt like developing a curriculum surrounded by that is really important," says Thompson.

The problems selected included the homeless population, better animal rescue, and teacher shortages.

Each group was then required to interact with non-profits that could help them identify a potential solution, as well as provide an artifact that could help simulate their solution.

One student I spoke with Campbell Terry, the assignment served as a wake up call for him.

" I really saw a lack of initiative on my end where I could be making a difference," says Terry.

He also says that will no longer be the case, "I'm definitely gonna go out and make that change where I see it will help."

Several other students like Mariana Veloso expressed similar sentiments, and say the life lesson came at a timely point in their lives.

"I think it's important especially in college because you need to realize that you are part of a bigger picture," says Veloso.

Professor Thompson says the class project was a great success and plans to keep it up in his classes to come.

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