Campus-Community Partnership Award

Congratulations to Adrian College's Track and Explore

Winner of the 2014 Campus-Community Partnership Award

Track and Explore is an innovative partnership between Adrian College and renowned NASCAR venue Michigan International Speedway (MIS), designed to enhance education in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The partnership is in its fourth year of existence, increasing in scope, capacity and impact since its modest beginnings as a biological survey of one small area of wetlands.  The program now uses most of the Speedway’s 1,400 acres, including 900 acres of natural area, as an outdoor-education classroom for middle school students, and as a practicum for Adrian College science and education majors who conduct research, create science lessons tied to state standards, and lead environmental-science field trips at the site.  Since its inception, more than 1,300 middle school students from ten schools have participated in the field trip portion of Track and Explore, with more than a dozen Adrian College students researching and giving science lessons under the supervision of three faculty members, and with the support of the Institute for Career Planning.

The Campus-Community Partnership Award recognizes one outstanding campus-community partnership that produces measurable improvements in people's lives while simultaneously enhancing higher education. The purpose of this award is to honor one partnership that has successfully demonstrated a commitment to higher education and community that has resulted in a tangible community impact. This award is designed to help increase the number and the effectiveness of other campus-community partnerships; it will also increase public awareness of and support for campus-community service programs. We hope to promote cooperation among education, community, government, and business leaders on critical social and economic issues.  



Questions about the award can be directed to: 

Shelley Long, Network Coordinator

2012 Campus-Community Partnership Winner
  Kirtland Community College and River House, Inc. Collaborative Partnership - River House, Inc. is a one stop resource (and shelter) for victims of domestic and sexual violence and homelessness. The partnership between KCC and RHI helps to provide service learning opportunities for students while enhancing River House services in the region. The partnership began with a series of meetings, and has been recognized nationally as an exemplary model of college/community partnerships. 

2012 Honorable Mentions
  • Madonna University (Madonna) and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit
  • The Student Leader Fellowship Program at Northern Michigan University and the Community of Marquettte 

2009 Carter Partnership Award - About the winner 
2009 Carter Partnership Award Winner (Press Release)
2009 Carter Partnership Award Finalists (Press Release)
2009 Carter Parthership Award Sponsors

2008 Carter Partnership Award Winner (Press Release)
2008 Carter Partnership Award Sponsors 

2007 Carter Partnership Award Sponsors 
Letter from Founder & President 
Inaugural Year--2005