Service-Learning through the Classroom

General Service-Learning Questions

What is Service-Learning?
"Service-Learning is a teaching method which combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in organized community service that addresses local needs, while developing their academic skills, sense of civic responsibility, and commitment to the community." - Community College National Center for Community Engagement

What kind of service would I do in a Service-Learning course?
Students who sign-up for a Service-Learning component in a course will complete 10-20 hours of service with a pre-approved Community Partner (service agency) in the Charlotte area. A wide array of service options are available, including working with at-risk children, people who are homeless, crisis assistance, international programs, domestic violence victims, and environmental organizations.

Can I do service with an agency I am already supporting?
All Service-Learning work must be approved in advance by your instructor.

Why would I benefit from doing Service-Learning?
Each course with a Service-Learning component will offer students a grade-related incentive for doing service. Some instructors offer extra credit on your final grade, others will accept Service-Learning work in lieu of a paper or class project. Research data shows that students involved in service learn more in their courses, make better grades, and have a higher course completion rate. Service-learning also offers students a chance to do career exploration and networking. Students often report a strong sense of satisfaction about their service to people in the community.

Can I do service on campus during class time?
Your service work will usually take place outside the classroom on your own time. Most service opportunities will be off campus with our partnering agencies. Students are responsible for their own transportation and arranging their work schedule with our partnering agencies.