Information For Students

Service-Learning is a teaching method that connects service to the community with academic instruction and course concepts. In other words, Service-Learning takes your volunteer or hands-on service experience and uses reflection, connection to course content, and critical thinking to make a deeper impact on your learning. Service-Learning can help you become civically engaged. It can also help determine your career path. It also looks great on a resume, can help you network with community leaders who later could become great references, and it can help you get into a 4-year university by putting it on your application.

It’s easier than you think to give back to the community.

Service-Learning Student Procedures

Service-Learning can be completed at any non-profit agency that you are interested in working with and that is approved by your instructor (if applicable). We are unable to approve service hours for anything that you are paid for with agencies that are not serving the community. If you are looking for an organization to serve, check our community partner listing. 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. Students who sign up for a Service-Learning component in a course will complete the number of service hours designated by your instructor (usually 10-20 hours) with a pre-approved Community Partner (service agency) in the Charlotte area.

  1. Make your community partner placement selection.

    1. After carefully reviewing the online community partner listing, choose an organization that fits both your interests and your course objectives (you can choose an organization not in our listing, but wherever you decide to go you must have your instructor's approval).
    2. Once you make a selection, get approval from your instructor that it will satisfy the Service-Learning requirements for your course
    3. Contact the organization to inquire about service opportunities
    4. Helpful Hints: State your name and that you are a Central Piedmont Service-Learning student. Tell them the number of hours you need to complete and have your schedule ready to plan your service.
    5. Sites may fill up quickly, so contact the organization as soon as possible.
  2. Complete the placement confirmation form (PDF)
    1. You can fill this form out online and print it out, or you can print it out and write the information in by hand.
    2. Print a copy for your instructor’s records.
    3. Turn the completed placement confirmation form in to your instructor before you start your service.
  3. Print out your service-learning student time sheet (PDF) and student evaluation for service-learning (PDF)
    1. You are now ready to start your service!
  4. Complete required service hours and classroom reflection activities
    1. Record your time in and time out on your Service-Learning Student Time Sheet. This must be signed by your site supervisor each time you serve at the organization!
    2. Be sure you are respectful of any rules/regulations the organization may enforce.
    3. Reflect on your experience with an activity guided by your instructor.
    4. On your last visit, have your agency supervisor complete the Student Evaluation for Service-Learning
  5. Complete the required evaluation
    1. We want your feedback regarding your service-learning experience!
    2. Complete the required evaluation confirmation page
    3. Print the final page before you hit the submit button
    4. You must click the submit button for the evaluation to be recorded!
  6. At the conclusion of your service, please turn in the completed Service-Learning Student Time Sheet, Student Evaluation for Service-Learning and the Evaluation Confirmation Page to your instructor. You will also need to complete a reflection activity in your class.
  • Service-Learning Service Record

    The Service-Learning Service Record is a culmination of the service-learning hours students complete during their time at Central Piedmont. These include hours completed as part of a service-learning course, community engagement/club service projects, and individual service that was documented through the Individual Service Documentation Form. All hours that were recorded on a Service-Learning time sheet, an Individual Service Documentation Form, or other sign in sheets that are turned in to the Service-Learning Center are recorded on the Service-Learning Service Record. Your service record will not be sent automatically and must be requested. To request a copy of your Service-Learning Service Record, please email Terry Galante at terry.mcmicking@cpcc.edu and provide your full name and student ID. Your record will then be emailed to you for convenient attachment to online job and college applications.

  • Service-Learning Graduation Pin

    The Service-Learning Center is proud to announce that a pin denoting civically engaged Central Piedmont students has been approved as an addition to graduation regalia by the graduation office. This pin is earned once Central Piedmont students record thirty or more service hours with the Service-Learning Center while at Central Piedmont. Students can contact the Service-Learning Center to see if their hours meet this requirement. Upon graduation, these deserving students receive this pin and may display it on the left side of their graduation regalia for the Central Piedmont commencement ceremony. This pin is a great way to not only award students for their efforts, but also allows other Central Piedmont faculty, staff, and students to identify and acknowledge Central Piedmont students who are involved in service to their communities. To request a Service-Learning Graduation Pin, please email Terry Galante at terry.mcmicking@cpcc.edu to check on your status. Once your 30 hours have been verified, you may request your pin from anyone in Service-Learning. Contact us!

Service-Learning Work Study Opportunities

  • America Reads Work-Study Program Information

    The America Reads Work-Study program is different from other work-study positions because you will be working off campus. If accepted into the program you will be working at Elizabeth Traditional, where your job will be to tutor children in reading. At the elementary school, you will be supervised by the volunteer coordinator who will assist you in setting your schedule and provide you with direction. For additional information please visit the Financial Aid website.

    If you are accepted as a work-study student, you are expected to: keep in contact with your Central Piedmont supervisor, provide appropriate contact information (i.e. phone and e-mail), work no more than 15 hours per work, submit to background checks and volunteer screening, provide your own transportation and submit your time sheet electronically through Web Advisor. Once your time sheets are submitted, your on-site supervisor will need to e-mail Dr. Jenn Marts to verify your hours. 

    If you are selected as a work-study tutor, you will need to attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions with Dr. Marts and register as soon as possible on the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools website. The link at the bottom of the page will take you to the CMS website.

    Your supervisor at Central Piedmont is Dr. Jenn Marts. You can contact her at: jenn.marts@cpcc.edu, 704.330.6824 or stop by the Overcash Performing Arts Center in room 241D.

    Your work-study supervisor at Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School is Ashley Sheaffer. You can reach Ashley at ashley.sheaffer@cms.k12.nc.us.

    CMS has updated its Volunteer Management System. All CMS volunteers will need to register in the new system. Go to the CMS Web site to put in your information.

    To apply for to the America Reads position:

  • Community Service Work-Study Position

    The Community Service Work-Study program is different from other work-study positions because you will be working off campus. If accepted into the program you will be working at one of our selected Community Partners that is typically a non-profit in the Charlotte area. The agency you could potentially be placed at includes but is not limited to: Freedom School Partners, Friendship Trays, Crisis Assistance Ministries, A Child's Place, Bright Blessings, and Habitat for Humanity. The job description for the Community Service Work-Study will vary with each agency and will be discussed upon request.

    If you are accepted as a work-study student you are expected to: keep in contact with your Central Piedmont supervisor, provide appropriate contact information (i.e. phone and e-mail), work no more than fifteen hours per work (the hours can be subject to change), submit to background checks and volunteer screening, provide your own transportation and submit your time sheets electronically every month through Wed Advisor. Once your hours are submitted your on-site supervisor will need to verify your hours.

    If you are selected as a work-study, you will need to attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions with Dr. Jenn Marts  at Central Piedmont and complete any required application/information needed by the Agency you have been placed at.

    Your supervisor at Central Piedmont is Dr. Jenn Marts. You can contact her at: jenn.marts@cpcc.edu, 704.330.6824 or stop by the Overcash Performing Arts Center room 241D on Central Campus. Once hired, Dr. Marts will put you in contact with your on-site supervisor.

    To apply for to the Community Service Work-Study position: