Service-Learning

Information for Students

Giving back to your community is easier than you think.

All Service-Learning staff are working remotely during the coronavirus situation. If you need immediate assistance, please email service.learning@cpcc.edu or leave a message at 704.330.6445.​


Service-Learning works with instructors and community partners to provide you with volunteer and service-learning opportunities. Service-Learning staff is available on every campus. We help provide opportunities for you to connect with your community both in-class and outside of the classroom, such as Alternative Spring Breaks, clubs, student leadership initiatives, and Service in Action.​​​​​​

Find and Participate in Service-Learning Opportunities

If you have a requirement or an optional assignment to do service-learning hours in your class, use the following steps. Service-learning hours must be completed at a nonprofit agency. If you are looking to get involved on your own, let us know — we can help.

  • Research Opportunities

    The community partner listing provides contact information for tons of nonprofits in our area. We also have a list of virtual opportunities you can participate in.  These are great places for you to complete your service hours. Find an organization that you are interested in and that meets the requirements you have for class. Contact the organization, stating your name and that you are a Central Piedmont service-learning student. Tell the organization the number of hours you need to complete and have your schedule ready to plan your service.

  • Complete the Service-Learning Registration Form

    Complete the service-learning registration form to let us know what class you are in and where you are completing your service. We’ll share this information with you instructor to make sure you’ve picked an approved community partner.

  • Track Your Service

    Track your service using your service-learning time sheet. When you finish your service, have the supervisor there complete the student evaluation at the bottom of the time sheet. Don’t forget to complete your reflection assignment for class.

    Fall 2020

    Each time you offer service or work on your service-learning project, please complete the service-learning time sheet. Your entries will be sent to your instructor (if applicable).

  • Complete the Service-Learning Evaluation

    Complete the service-learning evaluation. Print out the confirmation page that says you completed it.

  • Submit Documentation

    Be sure to turn in all documentation to your instructor. If you are doing service without needing to for class, turn your time sheet in to the Service-Learning coordinator at your campus.

Events and Programs

Continue to check the student activities calendar at https://www.cpcc.edu/student-experience/student-life for more Service-Learning event opportunities.

Virtual Service Opportunities

With many students moving to online learning in fall 2020, we are working hard to develop a comprehensive roadmap to service in a virtual world. The following are many of the current service opportunities available through our office, including advocacy, research, indirect service, and direct service. Each of these opportunities provides Service-Learning credit and will provide a reflective and meaningful experience to compliment your course content. Service-Learning staff facilitate these service options, but you complete the service independently. Please reach out to a member of our staff for more information.

Service-Learning Work Study Opportunities

These opportunities are different from other work-study positions in that you would be working off campus instead of on campus.

  • America Reads Work-Study

    In the America Reads work-study, you will tutor children in reading. If accepted into the program, you will work at a predetermined elementary school. The volunteer coordinator at the elementary school will supervise you, help you set your schedule, and provide you with direction.

    To apply for the America Reads work-study position:

  • Community Service Work-Study

    If accepted into the program, you will work at one of our selected community partners (typically, a non-profit in the Charlotte area). Possible agencies where you may be placed include, but are 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 by agency and will be discussed upon request.

    If you are accepted as a Community Service work-study student, you are expected to:

    • attend one of the mandatory orientation sessions
    • complete any required application or other information needed by the agency where you are placed
    • keep in contact with your Central Piedmont supervisor
    • provide appropriate contact information (i.e. phone and email)
    • work no more than 20 hours per work (the hours can be subject to change)
    • submit to background checks and volunteer screening
    • provide your own transportation
    • submit your time sheets electronically every month through Web Advisor (once your hours are submitted, your on-site supervisor will need to verify your hours)

    For more information or questions about the Community Service work-study, contact Dena Shonts at dena.shonts@cpcc.edu or 704.330.6558, or stop by the Overcash Performing Arts Center, Room 241C on Central Campus.

    To apply for the Community Service work-study position:

Commemorate Your Service

  • Service Record

    The service-learning record is a document that we can create for you that lists all of the service hours you have turned in to our department. It can include service you have done while enrolled at Central Piedmont with a particular class or on your own. The service-learning record is a great way to make yourself stand out to a four-year university or employer.

    Your service record will not be sent automatically you must request your record. You can request a PDF copy of your service-learning service record from Terry Galante at terry.galante@cpcc.edu. Please provide your full name and student ID number in your request.

  • Graduation Pin

    Service-Learning is proud to award our civically engaged Central Piedmont students with a pin to wear with your graduation regalia. You can be awarded a pin if you complete 30 or more hours of service or community engagement. You can pick up your pin after you apply for graduation and our office has verified that you have completed 30 or more service hours. To request a service-learning pin, email Terry Galante at terry.galante@cpcc.edu.

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