Service Learning is “…a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service
with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility.”

You can look at Service Learning from different perspectives:

  • ‘Hands On’ Learning: Learn new skills while volunteering at an organization (host site) in the local community.
  • ‘Giving Back’ to the Community: Share your skills, knowledge and energy on a voluntary basis.
  • ‘Integrative’ Learning: Through Service Learning you connect the theory of the class with real life experiences.
  • ‘Career Oriented’ Learning: Learn more about what type of professional career you want.
  • ‘Self-Reflective’ Learning: Learn new strengths you didn’t know you had.

Whatever perspective you choose, Service Learning is very rewarding and highly motivating!

Examples of Service Learning and host sites:

  • Help with a fundraiser for CASA or ChildHaven for your Interpersonal Communications class.
  • Tutor in a public school for your Calculus class.
  • Write a marketing plan for the local Farmer’s market for your Marketing class.
  • Write labels and information sheets for artifacts in a museum for your English Writing class.
  • Organize an information market for parents for your Early Childhood Education class.
  • Prepare food-boxes at ECHO Food Bank for your Sociology class.
  • Take a trip to a Foreign Country such as Peru to tutor children in an orphanage for your Sociology class.

Service Learning is a ‘WIN-WIN-WIN’ Situation

Service Learning creates ‘win-win-win’ opportunities. Students, Instructors and the Community, all benefit from Service Learning.

Benefits for the Student:

  • Relevent for Co-curricular transcript and Resume
  • Links curriculum to student’s lives
  • Helps clarify professional ambitions
  • Promotes community responsibility
  • Encourages multicultural awareness
  • Develops critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Fosters personal growth and development
  • Students who are engaged through interactive learning are more likely to finish thier educational goals

Benefits for the Instructor:

  • Opportunity to connect ‘theory’ to ‘practice’
  • Enhances a full learning-cycle
  • Helps build community in the classroom
  • Establishes relationships with agencies and people in the community
  • Provides a method of instruction beyond those traditionally used in the classroom

Benefits for the Community:

  • Provides volunteers to meet immediate service needs of community agencies
  • Makes community agencies aware of resources provided by the College
  • Develops potential pool of future volunteers or employees

For a complete list of Service Learning cites and current Volunteer opportunities, please click here: