The CCCE supports programs which address the opportunity gap and enrich students’ learning in our community. The center recognizes the many complex factors contributing to students’ personal and academic success and therefore supports young people in a holistic manner as both students and as individuals. As in all areas of the CCCE programming, the Center’s education programs are intended to promote student learning, reflection, growth, and development, while encouraging students to become engaged citizens locally, nationally, and globally.

ACE Courses & Independent Study

Fall 2015

  • MATH 280: Statistical Consulting
    Students will apply their statistical knowledge by analyzing data problems solicited from the Northfield community. Students will also learn basic consulting skills, including communication and ethics.
  • MATH 255: Survey Sampling
    Covers sampling design issues beyond the basic simple random sample: stratification, clustering, domains, and complex designs like two-phase and multistage designs.
  • EDUC 375: Issues in Science Education: Policy and Praxis
    This colloquium focuses on the pedagogy of science teaching, both in the United States and abroad. This course will also include active involvement with local schools and educators to ground it in lived practice.
  • EDUC 340: Race, Immigration, and Schools
    This course explores the important role that public schools have played as the way to socialize students about what it means to be American and to prepare them to participate as citizens in a democracy


Internships & Work

  • Northfield Reads and Counts
    Northfield Reads and Counts is a local implementation of two national educational initiatives (America Reads and America Counts) seeking to involve community members in helping children develop critical reading and mathematics skills.
  • Phillips Scholarship
    Sophomores are eligible for this fellowship which gives funding to design and implement a Minnesota-focused service project in areas like human services, health, education, the disabled, and eliminating discrimination.
  • Puzak Fund
    The Puzak fund supports activities such as student civic engagement internships and service projects, both over the summer and during the academic year.
  • Summer PLUS, Summer BLAST
    Summer PLUS and Summer BLAST provide instruction and programming for Northfield students in grades K-5 and 6-8 respectively. Interns assist with instruction and lead enrichment activities.
  • Summer STEAM
    The program helps students improve their reading, math, and digital literacy skills and provides students with a number of hands-on enrichment activities that they don't have access to during the school year. Interns lead instruction and more.

Volunteer Programs & Projects

  • 9th Grade Academy
    Work one-on-one or in small groups with Northfield High School students during the school day. Tutors are needed in a variety of disciplines for students who need additional support to complete state graduation requirements.
  • Art Sprouts
    Art Sprouts is a mentoring and environmental education program where Carleton volunteers lead weekly nature-based activities for students at Greenvale Elementary School. The group also hosts trips to Carleton's Arboretum.
  • Arts Connection
    Arts Connection is dedicated to improving the lives of students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD through mentoring.
  • CAST/ACT Prep at Faribault High School
    CAST (College Ambitions Start Today) is a high school leadership and college access program for students at Faribault High School. Carleton volunteers help with regular CAST programming and lead an ACT prep course.
  • Coding Clubs
    Carleton students can teach coding to middle school girls at either Faribault or Northfield Middle Schools, or to a co-ed group of elementary school students at Greenvale Park Elementary.
  • Faribault Homework Help
    Homework help for underserved students in all subjects at Faribault High School to try to close the opportunity gap. Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Faribault Science Club
    Faribault Science Club allows middle school students to explore the physical world by playing around with everyday stuff.
  • Geoscience Tutoring
    Support for Northfield Middle School students struggling in geology class. Meets Wednesdays 3:00-4:15 PM.
  • Green Thumbs
    Green Thumbs works to get elementary school students interested in gardening, environmental issues, and thoughtful eating.
  • Greenvale Park Community School
    Help support the community school at Greenvale Park Elementary by providing childcare support and homework help on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.
  • Kids for Conservation
    Kids for Conservation (KFC) was initiated to give elementary school children the knowledge about environmental issues that they will need in order to make responsible decisions.
  • Korean Adoptee Program (KAP)
    Korean Adoptee Program (KAP) interacts with Korean-adopted children to share Carleton students' experiences about Korean culture.
  • Middle School Youth Center
    The Middle School Youth Center is a program for middle school students to hang out after school from 3 to 5pm Monday-Thursday. Its mission is to provide these students with a safe and exciting alternative to television, drugs, and other activities.
  • Paper Airplanes
    With our tutoring program, Syrian students are matched with a one-on-one tutor who meets with them twice a week over Skype for term. Our program helps Syrians reach their target TOEFL and IELTS scores.
  • Project Friendship
    Project Friendship matches college students with elementary school youth (grades 2nd-7th) from the Northfield schools.
  • PSEO Teaching Assistants
    PSEO Teaching Assistant-Mentors collaborate with TORCH to support high school students enrolled in online courses through Riverland Community College. Applications reviewed fall and spring term.
  • Science Olympiad
    Help coach middle school students for their regional and state level Science Olympiad competitions.
  • TORCH at Northfield High School
    TORCH stands for “Tackling Obstacles and Raising College Hopes” and supports students from traditionally marginalized backgrounds.
  • TORCH at Northfield Middle School
    TORCH (Tackling Obstacles & Raising College Hopes) supports Northfield Middle School youth who are potential first-generation college attendees, from low-income families, and students of color.
  • Volunteer Tutoring Hotline/Tutoria
    Individually arranged one-on-one matches between Carleton volunteers and Northfield students of all ages. Tutors needed in all subjects to meet at public locations, one hour weekly. Times are flexible.
  • WomenCircle
    WomenCircle is a supportive group of college women and middle school girls that is centered on the needs and issues concerning women. Past activities have included creating skits, making journals, baking cookies, watching movies, and art exhibits.
  • Young Chefs
    The Young Chefs, an outreach program of the Firebellies student organization, aims to inspire and empower youth through cooking, while providing them with skills and knowledge relevant to culinary and academic activities.