Peace Corps launches prep program with Knox College

Rep. Phil Hare attended a signing ceremony at which Knox College and the Peace Corps agreed to establish a Peace Corps Preparatory Program on the Knox campus.


In a one-of-a-kind arrangement, Knox College signed an agreement Wednesday with the Peace Corps to resurrect a program to prepare students for service in the 46-year-old organization.

Knox College President Roger Taylor signed the pact with Peace Corps Deputy Director Jody Olsen in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.

Officials with the college and the Peace Corps say the venture will help train students at the Galesburg, Ill., college in the skills and traits needed for the Corps.

Read the full story in the Quad City Times.

The story also appears in the Peoria Journal Star.


Christine Torres, spokeswoman at the Peace Corps Chicago Regional Office, said Knox’s commitment to community service and diverse student population made it a good place to implement the preparatory program.

“It’s a program designed for smaller colleges, and Knox is ideal with its emphasis on service and social issues and liberal arts course studies,” Torres said.

The program will allow students to structure their curriculum to prepare them for international development programs like the Peace Corps.