Service-Learning: Civic Engagement in the Community College


Service-learning combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.

Service-learning has a positive impact on student learning outcomes, civic engagement, and retention rates. According to three national surveys conducted by the American Association of Community Colleges, nearly 60 percent of all community colleges offer service learning in their curricular programs. Another 30 percent of colleges are interested in starting service learning initiatives.

On November 15, 2007, Central Piedmont Community College will host a regional one-day workshop designed to support efforts to establish new service-learning programs and strengthen existing programs. This workshop will feature a keynote address by Dr. Donna Killian Duffy, professor of psychology at Middlesex Community College, and learning tracks designed for faculty with service-learning experience, service-learning program coordinators, and college administrators.

This workshop is funded in part through a grant provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Learn and Serve America, and is presented in collaboration with NC Campus Compact and the NC Community College System.