Corey Ledbetter will be among 458 graduates to be recognized at Flathead Valley Community College’s May 2012 commencement exercise.  However, Ledbetter’s ambition and spirit for community service will shine bright that night as FVCC President Dr. Jane Karas, Ph.D., will present him the Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award, a national award presented to 162 college students from 32 states across the nation this year.

The award recognizes inspiring college student leaders who have worked to find solutions for challenges facing their communities and who demonstrate a personal commitment to creating lasting change to better their communities while making the most of their college experiences.

A sophomore studying paramedicine, Ledbetter demonstrates the type of civic engagement that sets an example for others, shining a positive light in a time when negativity has dominated much national conversation. Wanting to enhance his education in paramedicine, he began volunteering as an emergency services technician (EMT) and firefighter at the Big Mountain Fire Department.  He also served on the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol as an assistant director on the board and as an instructor for outdoor emergency care classes.

For the past five years, Ledbetter has actively been involved in a number of backcountry rescues including searching for avalanche victims, looking for missing hikers, and finding lost skiers through his association with the Flathead Nordic Ski Patrol. His leadership skills and commitment to the organization led to his current role as an assistant director for the Nordic Ski Patrol Board. In addition to volunteering with the Big Mountain Fire Department as an emergency services technician and firefighter, Ledbetter has worked with Flathead County Search and Rescue to prepare for a passenger train avalanche rescue, has trained with Kalispell’s A.L.E.R.T. air ambulance to learn how to participate in helicopter rescues and has obtained certifications in avalanche and mountain travel rescues.

As an advocate of being prepared and helping others, Ledbetter shares his knowledge and passion with others by serving as an instructor for the Nordic Ski Patrol Outdoor Emergency Care classes and becoming a certified CPR instructor. In his spare time, Corey teaches CPR classes for ski patrollers, EMTs, nurses and search and rescue personnel.

“Corey’s commitment to continuing his service through Montana Campus Corps is a testament to his desire to serve,” said President Karas. “A dedicated student both in the classroom and in the field, we are fortunate to have such a devoted student, citizen, and hero in our community.”

Campus Compact is a national coalition of almost 1,200 college and university presidents—representing more than 6 million students—who are committed to fulfilling the civic purposes of higher education, that is, to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility. For more information about the organization and the award, visit www.compact.org