Until September 30, 2016, when the Peace Corps officially ended its Master's International (MI) Program, the Department of Sustainable Technology & the Built Environment housed Appalachian State's only Peace Corps MI Program. The MI Program offered the opportunity to pair graduate studies with Peace Corps service. Our MS in Technology program, with its emphasis on sustainable solutions that work to improve the lives of people and the environment, provides an excellent foundation for those who want to work internationally and serve communities in need. Thus, aligning with the Peace Corps MI Program was a natural fit.
The 2016-2017 cohort of students planning to pursue Peace Corps service will be our last via the MI program. However, we continue to support the ideals and goals of Peace Corps service. Over the years our program has attracted a number of returned Peace Corps volunteers (known as RPCVs), and hope that in the future other RPCVs will find a home in our department as they pursue a master's degree. Two members of our faculty are themselves RPCVs, and we remain active with Peace Corps recruiting efforts across the campus community.
Recent graduate Sean Collins (Building Science, December 2014) and his wife Grace started their Peace Corps service on assignment to the African nation of Swaziland in June 2015. You can learn more about their Peace Corps journey through their blog: http://onceuponatriptoswaziland.blogspot.com/
To learn more about what Peace Corps service meant to current and former STBE graduate students who are returned Peace Corps volunteers, go to the RPCV Stories link provided here.