February 2010
Alumnus Completes 1,700 Hours of Service With AmeriCorps

courtesy of AmeriCorps

Zach Kornet, a 2009 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, completed a year of service with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in November.

Kornet’s final project was in Camden, N.J., where he worked with his team and Habitat for Humanity building houses for families in need.

Kornet, who earned an associate degree in collision repair technology, was one of 219 Corps members based at the Atlantic Region campus in Perry Point, Md.  These members arrived in February 2010 and committed to 10 months of national service, which included disaster deployments to flooding in Tennessee and Rhode Island, responses to the oil spill in the Gulf, and rebuilding efforts in New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina.

Kornet’s year was no exception. He served at projects in Louisiana, Vermont, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey, working at a variety of projects, including The Nature Conservancy, Delaware State Parks, City Neighbors, Movable Feast and Habitat for Humanity.

“I feel very lucky to have served America’s communities this year,” Kornet said. “It is very rewarding to look back and think that I took action to do something for people who needed it. At the same time, this year’s experience helped me to grow personally and to make significant friendships that I will never forget.”

Kornet graduated from NCCC on Nov. 18. AmeriCorps NCCC is a leadership program for young people ages 18 to 24. In exchange for completing 1,700 hours of service during a 10-month term, these young people receive an Education Award of over $5,000, plus a living stipend, housing and more.

AmeriCorps programs are administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency.