AmeriCorps VISTA at Western Washington University

After graduating from CDAE as a CEnt major in 2015, Joe moved to Bellingham, Washington to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Western Washington University. Fitting to his CDAE degree, Joe works to build capacity and sustainability in the Woodring College of Education’s unique Learning in Communities and Schools (LinCS) service-learning program by implementing and updating technology for scheduling and surveys, improving systems of communication and feedback, and collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from students and community partners. Joe is responsible for training and supporting 400 undergraduate and graduate students completing service-learning projects in Title I schools; during the 2015-2016 academic year Woodring service-learners contributed over 6,000 hours of service to the greater Bellingham community. He continues to work with university faculty to interview public school staff and administrators to increase Western students’ preparation for entering the community.

Joe feels that CDAE prepared him to effectively enter a new community, recognize and map assets, and utilize a SWOT analysis to take advantage of opportunities.

"The focus in CDAE courses on service-learning prepared me with the knowledge and experience to improve student engagement in service-learning projects and increase the impact University service-learners have on the Bellingham community. The opportunities to serve as a teaching assistant and communications intern with CDAE gave me confidence to be effective on my first day of work."


Daniel John Kirk
Joe Tomlinson enjoying Washington, where he is an AmeriCorps VISTA