About Service Learning
What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates community service with academic instruction while focusing on critical thinking, reflection and civic responsibility. As a form of experiential education, service learning achieves and enhances course objectives while meeting an identified community need. Frequently Asked Questions
4 Key Components of ALL LCCC Service Learning Projects
- Must meet a community need.
- Must be connected to the Learning Outcomes as a part of an academic course.
- Must possess a reflection component.
Standard project information must be reported.
Examples of Past LCCC Service Learning Projects
- English students read and discuss books with local Girl Scout Troops.
- Ecology students plant a Butterfly Garden for the children of Blessing House.
- Allied Health and Nursing students organize a community health fair on campus.
- Marketing students create and implement a food drive collecting canned foods to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.
Why Service Learning?
Service Learning is a WIN-WIN-WIN for the three main groups involved in these projects; Students, Faculty/LCCC, and Community Partners. Below are just a few of these benefits. View more Benefits of Service Learning.
- Students - Learn course content better while applying theories and methods on a real project that makes a difference in the community.
- Faculty/LCCC - Are able to provide students with these experiential education opportunities while increasing student retention/completion and educating all students to become active members of the community.
- Community Partners - Receive increased capacity/services/skills to address the needs of their service populations and our community.
LCCC Specific Benefits - All LCCC Service Learning students receive Certiciates of Completion and Medallions to wear at graduation. Students, Faculty, and Community Partners involved are also invited to attend the Annual Service Learning Celebration held each spring.
LCCC's Service Learning Program
In 2006, the Lorain County Community College received a grant from Learn & Serve America through the American Association of Community Colleges to officially begin a Service Learning program on our campus.
As of the spring 2012 semester, over 2,000 LCCC students have participated in service projects as a part of their course and almost 30,000 hours of service has been given to address community needs. 23 Faculty members have integrated Service Learning in their course curriculum and over 100 local community organizations have been involved in these efforts.
We enhance learning and promote civic engagement by connecting LCCC/UP students and the greater community.
Through dynamic relationships we are a happy, healthy, learning, and sustained community.
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