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Service Learning

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Note that reads "Make A Difference"
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Learn more about the Service Learning program and how to participate at your college.
Find out how you can become a Service Learning agency and begin a new partnership with DCCCD.
Access Service Learning tools that can help you incorporate Service Learning in your classroom.
Hands grasped together around a globe
Learn more about the Service Learning program and how to participate at your college.
Note that reads "Make A Difference"
Find out how you can become a Service Learning agency and begin a new partnership with DCCCD.
Diverse group of people in a circle
Access Service Learning tools that can help you incorporate Service Learning in your classroom.

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning combines academic instruction with active community service, utilizing critical, reflective thinking to examine the world around you and your civic responsibilities. It is not volunteering. It is a mutually beneficial partnership, allowing students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to the real world while:
 
  • Developing new skills
  • Improving critical thinking skills
  • Exploring career possibilities
  • Making a difference by meeting community needs and
  • Increasing citizen support. 

Our Service Learning program offers students an opportunity to serve at a wide variety of charitable and social agencies. So come with an open mind and heart, and join in the DCCCD commitment to serving the community, and to learning through service.

A complete description, contact information and location of these service agencies are provided to students to help students make the best decision of where to serve!

Watch this video to learn more about what students and community partners have to say about the benefits of Service Learning!

​Brief History of Service Learning

The American Association of Community Colleges offers a concise definition: “Service Learning combines service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility. Service Learning programs involve students in activities that address community-identified needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.”

Service Learning is not volunteering. Service learning is a reflective educational experience in which students earn academic credit by participating in meaningful service activities. Service learning experiences are designed to connect students’ coursework to their roles as citizens.

  • The term service learning was coined in the 1970s, but it has roots dating back to the 1900s when educator Arthur Dunn incorporated service in the community as part of his social studies curriculum. (Los Angeles County Office of Education) 
  • John Dew and Williams James were the first to develop service-based learning in an educational setting by combining experiential learning and service to the community. As the benefits of service were acknowledged, a number of associations were established that focused on service in the community. 
  • Campus Compact was founded in 1985 to develop Service Learning in colleges and universities nationwide. In 1990, the U.S. Congress passed the National and Community Service Act as a way to enhance national and community service. (Bright Impact)

Service Learning Agency Fairs

Join us at a Service Learning Agency Fair to visit with representatives from some of our participating community agencies. Students are sure to find one to match their interest.

Fairs will be hosted on the following campuses:

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015
9 a.m. - noon
Mountain View College, West Hallway

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cedar Valley College, Building D, Upper Level

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Brookhaven College, S Building Lobby

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Richland College, El Paso Hall

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Eastfield College, J200 Hallway (The Pit)

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
El Centro College, Student Center, Building B

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
North Lake College, Student Life Center

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