Bringing Cornell students and employees together for mutual growth.
The Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult learning program designed to create and support one-on-one mutual learning partnerships of Cornell employees and Cornell students.
CLASP matches employees interested in pursuing self-selected learning goals with students studying adult and community education. Meeting together weekly, each Learning Partner pair focuses on the employee’s goals, while both the adult and the student benefit from the working relationship. The employee gains a supportive learning mentor while the student serves as an adult educator, applying in real life, the principles and methods of adult learning studied in class.
In its 30+ years as a program, CLASP has made a social impact by :
- Increasing access to educational opportunities that further human potential;
- Developing the abilities of individuals for greater agency and fulfillment; and,
- Appreciating similarities and differences between people through relationships of mutual respect.
Get involved with CLASP
Adult learners come from units all around campus. CLASP has a special relationship with the UAW Local 2300 and its members in Dining, Building Care, Grounds, Mail and Transportation, and the Statler Hotel.
Check out the courses in our adult and lifelong learning curriculum.
Are you ready to pursue your educational goals? All Cornell employees are encouraged to participate in CLASP. Get started by filling out an application.
Learn more about past learning partnerships
Every year, CLASP participants reflect on their learning experiences. The publication Trellis features works contributed by learners.
Bringing employees & students together for mutual growth
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