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Center for Community Solutions (CCS)

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Center for Community Solutions (CCS)

Address:
1160 McDermott Drive
West Chester PA, 19380


Susan Argentieri
610-425-7878
SArgentieri@wcupa.edu

"If you have a university in your community, the first question you should be asking when a problem surfaces is,
I wonder how our university can help us."

Michael G. Gartner, Keynote Speaker
International Town and Gown Association's Annual Conference

In 2013, West Chester University announced its plan for the next decade in a document entitled, "Building on Excellence," to strengthen campus understanding of the meaning and value of external engagement and its impact on student learning and academic excellence. The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is a community-university partnership and has been created to formally expand upon the positive impact the university has already had in the community. These collaborations will extend the University's impact within its home region, attract new resources to advance learning and community well-being, and focus on the pursuit of the public good.

Our mission is:

  • To facilitate university and community connections as a single point of contact
  • To connect campus resources with community needs
  • To promote the professional expertise of our faculty and staff to external clients as requested across a range of business areas and topics
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop and apply their problem solving skills while enhancing their educational experience

The specific objectives that follow from our mission are:

  • To promote the university's faculty, staff, and student capabilities to the community-at-large
  • To establish an Advisory Board of local community partners to guide the Center's growth
  • To match faculty and students with community needs based upon appropriate vetting of requests from CCS staff and Steering Committee

Our clients include:

  • Businesses and corporations
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Government agencies
  • Municipal governments

We provide these services by:

  • Partnering with the Deans of the Colleges and the Administration
  • Engaging students
  • Recognizing the people who find solutions

Examples of services provided are:

  • Surveys
  • Economic development and impact studies
  • Consultation
  • Transportation solutions
  • Translation services
  • GIS services
  • Community health initiatives
  • Web site development
  • Strategic planning and development
  • Small course design services

Community Engagements

  • 2nd Century Alliance of Coatesville
    AlottaJava
    American Helicopter Museum
    Auble Financial
    Birthday Boy Parties
    Brandywine Ingredients
    Brandywine Valley SPCA
    Bridge of Hope
    Caln Township
    Chester County 2020
    Chester County Association for the Blind
    Chester County Balloon Festival
    Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry
  • Chester County Department of Community Development
    Chester County Department of Aging Services
    Chester County Department of Emergency Services
    Chester County Hospital
    Chester County Health Department
    City of Coatesville
    Chester County School Nurses Association
    Chester County Juvenile Probation Department
    Chester County Sports Hall of Fame
    Chester County Township Managers
    Clinical Hypnosis for Wellness
    Coatesville Community Education Foundation
    Community Warehouse Project
  • Discovery by You
    Diplomat Closet Design Company
    Downingtown Area School District
    Downingtown Area Senior Center
    East Bradford Township
    EcoBuilt Efficient Building
    Family & Community Partnership of Chester County
    Franklin Institute
    Freire Charter School
    Friends of Carolyn Comitta
    God Bodies Fitness Center
    Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce
    Horsepower for Life
  • Kennett Township
    Krapf Bus Companies
    Life Long Learning Program
    Main Line Health
    McDonald Conceptual Design Services
    Melton Arts & Education Center
    Omega Design
    Overbrook High School
    Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital
    Pennsylvania Department of Health
    Philadelphia Department of Public Health
    Pop in Kids Club
  • Restart Your Life/Renew Your Mind
    Robyn Jewitt Home
    Rustin High School
    SCORE - Chester and Delaware County
    School Nurses Association
    Schuylkill Highlands Conservation
    SOS Group, Inc.
    The Francis Group
    Tasty Table Catering
    The League of Women Voters of Chester County PA
    The Main Line Chamber of Commerce
    Think 3 Marketing
  • Transportation Management Association of Chester County
    Uptown Entertainment Alliance
    VISTA Today
    West Chester Area School District
    West Chester Business Innovation Board
    West Chester Borough Police Department
    West Chester Food Co-Op
    West Chester Food Cupboard
    West Chester Mayor's Office
    West Chester Sports Association
    West Chester Sunrise Rotary Club
    West Whiteland Township
    Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce
  • Westtown Township
    Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club
    Women's Self Care Program

Contact Information

To learn more about the CCS and how West Chester University can work together with your organization, contact: