CHICAGO –The College of Wooster has earned a spot on the Peace Corps’ annual Top Colleges list, ranking No. 23 among small universities, the agency announced today. Currently, there are eight alumni serving overseas as Peace Corps volunteers.
Eryn Greaney, 22, of Rochester, Minn., has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Ghana Feb. 1 to begin training as a health volunteer. Greaney will live and work at the community level to make a difference promoting positive behavior changes. She will organize projects with the goal of improving maternal and child health, reducing cases of malaria, increasing knowledge on ways to prevent HIV/AIDS and improving water, sanitation and hygiene.
Rochester, Minn., ranks ninth this year among metropolitan areas for producing Peace Corps volunteers, per capita. The city generated 16 volunteers this year, or 8.6 volunteers for every 100,000 residents, and it moved up eight spots from its No. 17 ranking in 2011.
With 233 residents currently in service, Minnesota is No. 14 among all states in total volunteers produced and No. 8 among states, per capita. On the whole, Minnesota produces 4.4 Peace Corps volunteers for every 100,000 state residents, and the Twin Cities area generates 4.91 volunteers per capita.
Bryna Rabehl, a children, youth, and families volunteer serving in the Philippines, is from Byron, Minn., just outside Rochester. Before going overseas, she made a difference as an AmeriCorps volunteer.