Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  MARQUETTE – The Peace Corps Chicago Regional Office has recognized Northern Michigan University as one of the top 20 schools for recruitment in the Midwest.  As of June, the Peace Corps had recruited 12 NMU graduates in 2004.

 Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  “The Peace Corps recruits NMU students by participating in the Upper Great Lakes Collegiate Job Fair and Career Awareness Day, and via on-campus interviews arranged through JOBSearch,” said John Frick, director of the NMU JOBSearch Center.  “They have also partnered with NMU in the use of distance education technology to address groups of NMU students who are interested in volunteering for the Peace Corps.  WeÂ’re pleased that their regional office has recognized NMU as a valued recruitment site.”

Other schools named in the top 20 include the University of Chicago, Indiana University, the University of Michigan, the University of Missouri, Ohio State University, and Western Michigan University.

   Â Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚  The Peace Corps is a federal government agency created in 1961 to promote world peace and friendship. Its goals are to help people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women and promote a better understanding of Americans and a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.

Volunteers live and work at a grass roots level in a community that has requested assistance with their social, economic and human development. During service, volunteers receive a monthly living allowance, free medical and dental care, transportation to and from the overseas site and 24 vacation days a year. Many student loans are deferrable during Peace Corps service. Post-service benefits include a $6,075 readjustment allowance, graduate school opportunities and fellowships and non-competitive eligibility for federal jobs.

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Jessica Holman