Professional Associates (PA) offers a number of programs and activities created to help ensure the FLC student experience is a positive one that encourages scholarship and involvement in college programs and activities. PA initiatives also support recruitment and retention of students.
These activities include:
- PA assists the Village Aid Project by helping to organize its annual fundraising event and to broaden its financial support base while publicizing the organization in the community. VAP provides hands-on opportunities for students from all college departments to plan, design, and carry out sustainable water/sanitation projects in remote third world communities. Click here to learn more about the Village Aid Project.
- PA assists FLC Student Affairs in providing a welcoming presence for students and parents during fall orientation and spring recruiting.
- PA supports the FLC John F. Reed Honors Program in several ways, including conducting special programs, mentoring projects and gathering unused theatre and concert tickets for use by students.
- The PA Host Family Program recognizes that the first several months in a student’s collegiate life are critical to personal success and student retention. The program encourages PA members, local alumni and community members to “adopt” entering freshmen, transfer students, and exchange students, to help them successfully adapt to the community and college life. For more information about the Host Family Program and how to be a part of it, please click here.
- PA members provide mentoring services for students. Interested students can explore available academic areas by clicking here.
- PA involvement with the Native American Center focuses on understanding native cultures and on creating an encouraging environment to nurture and support all FLC students.
- PA members work with college staff to help students develop post-graduation skills to seek jobs or move on to graduate school; such as resume development, interview skills, providing information on how to apply to graduate school, etc.
- PA helps support departmental student retention programs by hosting events which bring together freshmen, upper classmen and department staff for conversations about their major fields.
- To ease the way for returning military personnel, PA has played a leadership role in the development of a FLC Veterans’ Affairs Program, and continues to provide assistance to the Veteran's Club and other veteran activities.
- PA members provide assistance in fund raising and community support to the East Africa Service Project. The EASP is a student-led initiative with goals for "poverty alleviation programs" in East Africa, using permaculture, a holistic approach to ecological restoration. The program has completed three successful projects in Tanzania, and is now reaching into Uganda. This is a great opportunity for students to fulfill their calls to global citizenship.