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The JMU School of Professional & Continuing Education (SPCE) in partnership with The Madison Center for Community Development (MCCD) connects community needs with the intellectual capacity and expertise of JMU faculty and students as well as their research interests. Our partnership, led by the Interim Dean of SPCE and Director of MCCD, Dr. Nicholas Swartz, facilitates the continued and expanded development of community-based research and learning through mutually beneficial partnerships.

The following are just a few of the many functions we have to offer your organization:

Madison Center for Community Development

MCCD applies the intellectual resources of JMU and its partners toward community-based research, economic development, strategic planning & evaluation, and more.

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Community Based Graduate Assistants

Through the MCCD, SPCE places graduate assistants on-site with community partner organizations for added capacity and unique professional development opportunities.

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Grants & Contracts

JMU and SPCE can work with you to identify opportunities, draft documentation, plan & implement your projects, and assess the results.

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Convening Business & Industry, Government, and Nonprofit Organizations

SPCE staff works with partners at all levels, bringing together like-minded individuals & organizations and facilitating collaboration for the betterment of our community.

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Applied Community Based Projects

More than a mediator, SPCE stays actively involved in projects making a real difference in our local community including the Fly SHD Community Air Service Task Force, Shenandoah Valley Rebuild, and Rural Virginia Initiative.

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Navigating the University

Whatever your needs, SPCE can help connect you with expert faculty, administrators, and program support across JMU.

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Advancement Liason

SPCE’s Economic & Community Development arm works closely with our Communications and Marketing and JMU Advancement to coordinate strategic development and fundraising efforts including assessment of priorities and goals, stakeholder networking events, and JMU Giving Day.

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Program Pilot and Incubator

SPCE is devoted to innovation and the defining best practices through the planning and implementation of independent educational and community development programs & initiatives.

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