Utah State Universisty and the City of Logan have partnered to implement the so-called “Community Bridge Initiative,” a partnership that enables students to utilize knowledge obtained in the classroom to tackle real-world problems identified by Logan City. The partnership was hailed Tuesday by both Logan Mayor Craig Petersen and USU Provost Noelle Cockett.
Cockett said USU students will work with community leaders to define meaningful solutions, develop action plans and implement projects directly relevant to their course curriculum.
<span>”I think it’s just a wonderful way to connect but also give these students real life situations,” Cockette said. “They’re learning how to manage, identify, and provide solutions. But I think one of the best things, for me, is that this is ingraining how to give back to a community in the young adults that we have here at the university.”</span>
Program organizers expect to match 10 courses with 10 city-identified projects during the pilot year. When a full-scale program is launched in 2016 the program will expand to include 20 courses and projects each academic year.
<span>Petersen said the city benefits from the program with thousands of student work hours that help develop cutting edge solutions to modern-day problems and a fresh perspective on city projects.</span>
Logan City is in the process of selecting projects to submit to USU for consideration in the pilot program spring semester 2015.