To increase the capacity of Portland Community College (PCC) to serve the community, Nicole solidified partnerships with organizations serving low-income communities nearby each of the college's three campuses.
Nicole built strong, strategic relationships with community partners and student government leaders to plan and implement days of service events. Her work expanded PCC's ability to support students, faculty, and staff members' participation in poverty-focused service activities. These efforts aligned with PCC's 50th anniversary goal to provide 50,000 hours of service in the community. As a result of Nicole's work and the robust campus-wide service initiative, PCC was able to surpass its goal and provide 71,841 hours of service in the community.
Nicole built connections between community partners and student leaders through coordinating district-wide days of service and service activities at each PCC campus. In doing this, she promoted the work of community partners among student leaders, who in turn, did the same among the student body more broadly at PCC. As a result, Nicole helped support the sustainability of the service program by developing long-term relationships at PCC and in the community.