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Sector Specific Training


Brenda Tooley

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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Students should take 3 courses that build their capacity to work in one of the following sectors: Education, Health, Environment, Agriculture, Youth in Development, or Community Economic Development. In addition, students will work or volunteer for 50 hours in a specific sector.

Below find the suggested courses and volunteer opportunities listed, students may also submit their own proposals for substitutions to their program advisor for consideration.


Courses at Knox:

  • EDUC 201 School and Society
  • EDUC 301 Teaching and Learning in a Diverse World
  • EDUC 312-319 
  • ENG 302 Teaching Writing
  • CTL 140 Pedagogy in Practice
  • CTL 151 Intro to Peer Tutoring

Suggested Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Best buddies (adults with intellectual disabilities)
  • Carl Sandburg's Literacy Coalition
  • Work with "College for Kids" over the summer
  • Be a T.A. for a Knox course
  • District 205 After School Programs
  • Reading Buddies 
  • Carl Sandburg Dream Team Tutors
  • Community Arts Engagement 
  • Anything is Possible Foundation
  • Eye to Eye
  • Champions are Readers


Courses at Knox

Any three Biology courses, or any combination of Biology and the following:

  • PSYC 279 Health Psychology
  • SPST 260 Athletic Injuries
  • SPST 210 Sports Administration
  • PSYC 271 Human Sexuality
  • ECON 205 The Business of Health
  • SPST 202 Personal Health and Health Issues
  • HIST 267C History of Birth Control

Suggested Volunteer Opportunities

  • Harbor Light Hospice
  • Knox County Health Department -Safe Harbor
  • Knox County Red Cross
  • United Way of Knox County
  • Best Buddies 
  • Special Olympics
  • Big Pink Volleyball
  • Polar Plunge
  • Bowl for Kids Sake
  • ASHA for Life
  • CASA Organization
  • Blood Drives 


Courses at Knox

Any three Environmental Studies courses or participation in Green Oaks immersion term.

Suggested Volunteer Opportunities

  • Knox Corps 
  • The summer steward program at Green Oaks
  • Waste Ambassadors with the Sustainability Office
  • Food Recovery Network volunteers
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Christmas in Action


Courses at Knox

Any combination of the following:

  • ENVS 242 Hydrology
  • ENVS 260 World Resources
  • BIO 160 Plants
  • ECON 110 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON/ENVS 368 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • ECON 373 Economic Development
  • ENVS 174 Urban Agriculture
  • ENVS 241 Soil Science
  • BIO 320 Ethnobotany

Suggested Volunteer Opportunities

  • Knox Farm
  • Community Garden 
  • Knox Corps 
  • Growing Galesburg 
  • Farmers Market Galesburg
  • En Season Restaurant
  • Sitka Salmon Shares

Youth in Development

Courses at Knox

Any combination of the following:

  • EDUC 205 Adolescent Development
  • PSYC 203 Developmental Psychology
  • ENG 323 Studies in Adolescent Literature
  • SPST 225 Fundamentals of Coaching
  • EDUC 201 School and Society
  • ANSO 280/281 Social Service Internship
  • GWST 101 Women, Culture, and Society
  • GWST 208 The Sociology of Gender
  • GWST 275 Psychology of Gender

Suggested Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Boys and Girls Club 
  • Eye to Eye 
  • Knox College-College for Kids
  • Girl Scouts
  • Knox County Housing Authority -Discovery Depot

Community Economic Development

Courses at Knox

Any combination of the following:

  • ANSO 243 Community Engagement
  • AMST 272 Alternatives to Consumerism
  • BUS 280 Business and Society
  • ECON 310 The Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises
  • BUS 320 Entrepreneurship and Society
  • ECON 373 Economic Development
  • ANSO 280-281 Social Service Internship
  • BUS 211 Principles of Accounting I
  • BUS 285 Marketing and Society
  • Or participation in Start Up Term

Suggested Volunteer Opportunities 

  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Fish Food Pantry
  • Knox Prairie Community Kitchen -Galesburg Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Kiwanis
  • Galesburg Civic Art Center
  • Knox Corps
  • Prairie Players Theater
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