Peace Corps program kicks off new year

Knox College hosted its first Peace Corps information session this year. The new program is featured in the Register-Mail.


Knox College has a running history with the Peace Corps.

The school has had 159 graduates participate in Peace Corps since it began in 1960. There are currently seven Knox graduates serving in the program.

In June, Knox College signed a partnership agreement with the Peace Corps, making the college the first to offer a pilot program that will help junior and senior college students prepare for international service.

The Peace Corps Preparatory Program will also give students applying for the Peace Corps the college’s stamp of approval, giving them a better shot at acceptance in the nationally competitive program. Only about two out of every five applicants become Peace Corps volunteers.

The Peace Corps chose Knox as its first location for the preparatory program, which it hopes to initiate at other colleges and universities throughout the nation, because of the school’s commitment to service and global understanding.

“The mission of Knox to understand and improve our world is clearly aligned with the Peace Corps service mission,” said Christine Torres, public affairs specialist with the Peace Corps Chicago Regional Office in June.