SCI Awards Grant to Mortuary Science Program

December 17, 2012
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Service Corporation International Supports Education

Advancing Mortuary Science Education Grant Awarded

 

HOUSTON (Dec. 17, 2012) – Service Corporation International (SCI), North America’s largest single provider of funeral, cremation and cemetery services, has awarded a $10,000 grant to a mortuary program that is working to enhance the mortuary sciences for tomorrow’s funeral service professionals.

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This year’s SCI Advancing Mortuary Science Education Grant has been awarded to American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service (AAMI). The Institute plans on using the grant monies to enhance its curriculum to incorporate a series of “role-playing scenarios” that will involve all of the students in the class in performing basic functions that are found in every funeral home. The long-term goal will be to build scenarios in all funeral service courses that help the students understand the curriculum more functionally in theory and application.

“This grant from SCI provides an important new opportunity for AAMI to invest in instructional innovation that focuses specifically on the ‘hands-on’ and practical implementation of the theory that students are learning in class,” said Meg Dun, President of American Academy McAllister Institute. “We are very excited about getting to work on this project.”

The goal of the SCI Advancing Mortuary Science Education Grant is to promote the development of innovative funeral service programs that provide opportunities for students to develop their skills in delivering exceptional customer care and service.

“Service Corporation International is proud to participate in the ongoing educational process and program enhancements which we anticipate will prepare students for the dynamic customer driven changes confronting funeral service professionals today. As leaders, we believe investing in education will have a positive impact on the future of the funeral service profession,” said Steve Mack, senior vice president of Operations.

SCI received a number of grant applications with proposals ranging from mock funeral chapel and arrangement conference rooms to the development of 3D technology to be used interactively in the classroom. All applications were thoroughly reviewed by members of SCI’s Leadership Council.

Service Corporation International is North America’s leading provider of deathcare products and services. SCI has more than 20,000 dedicated employees who provide the finest funeral, cremation and cemetery services to hundreds of thousands of families each year. Operating from a network of more than 1,800 funeral homes and cemeteries, the people of SCI assist families with compassion and guidance at difficult times, helping them celebrate the significance of lives that have been lived and preserving memories that transcend generations with dignity and honor. For more information, please visit www.sci-corp.com

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