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.
- Make your community partner placement selection.
- 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).
- Once you make a selection, get approval from your instructor that it will satisfy the Service-Learning requirements for your course
- Contact the organization to inquire about service opportunities
- 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.
- Sites may fill up quickly, so contact the organization as soon as possible.
- Complete the placement confirmation form (PDF)
- You can fill this form out online and print it out, or you can print it out and write the information in by hand.
- Print a copy for your instructor’s records.
- Turn the completed placement confirmation form in to your instructor before you start your service.
- Print out your service-learning student time sheet (PDF) and student evaluation for service-learning (PDF)
- You are now ready to start your service!
- Complete required service hours and classroom reflection activities
- 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!
- Be sure you are respectful of any rules/regulations the organization may enforce.
- Reflect on your experience with an activity guided by your instructor.
- On your last visit, have your agency supervisor complete the Student Evaluation for Service-Learning
- Complete the required evaluation
- We want your feedback regarding your service-learning experience!
- Complete the required evaluation confirmation page
- Print the final page before you hit the submit button
- You must click the submit button for the evaluation to be recorded!
- 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.