Service-Learning at CPCC


What is the Service-Learning Center?

The Service-Learning Center serves as a liaison between instructors, students, and placement site coordinators that provide service opportunities for students. The Center is an on-campus resource for information about faculty development and training opportunities related to service-learning teaching methods.

In addition to curriculum-based service, the Service-Learning Center sponsors, supports, and coordinates additional service opportunities for students outside the classroom. The programs include Alternative Spring Break, environmental service projects supporting local initiatives, tutoring programs in local schools and efforts to address hunger and homelessness.

How Does the Service-Learning Center Support Faculty Members?

The Service-Learning Center offers the following services to faculty interested in incorporating service-learning into their curriculum:

  • Schedule and structure student orientation sessions where students will receive materials and on-line resources that include the following: an overview of the process, placement site information, forms to be completed and student expectations.
  • Recommend organizations based upon course learning objectives. Staff will consult with faculty on site selection, student orientation, reflection activities, the development of individual service opportunities and assessment/evaluation of the program.
  • Ensure students complete the necessary paperwork to be enrolled in the Service-Learning program, help the student find the proper placement (within the course objectives) and contact the organization.
  • Manage and maintain a database of participating students and provide periodic reports including hours completed and current placement sites.
  • Develop and support co-curricular and extra-curricular service activities.
  • Maintain a collection of articles, books, resources, syllabi and pamphlets pertaining to service-learning and related topics. Items may be borrowed via campus mail or pick-up. Contact the Service-Learning Center for availability.