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Service Learning Benefits

Student Benefits

By combining classroom instruction with community service, service-learning asks students to focus on critical, reflective thinking as well as civic responsibility. Students develop their academic skills while serving their local community in a way that helps both the student and the community grow.

Service-learning has a positive impact on student learning outcomes, civic engagement and retention rates. Read more about the potential for service-learning from the American Association for Community Colleges.
 
By participating in service-learning, students can: 

  • Gain the satisfaction that comes from making a difference and accepting social responsibility.
  • Enhance your transferable skills.
  • Understand your course work in a hands-on environment.
  • Become engaged in your community and your college.
  • Increase your leadership skills.
  • Develop your communication and teaching skills.
  • Explore career opportunities or possible majors.
  • Earn credit in your course, as determined by your instructor.
  • Acquire vital skills and experiences you can use on your rèsumè and add to your scholarship and financial aid applications.

The President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the PVSA program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in a volunteer service.

Click here for more information on the award criteria. If you or your group would like to be eligible to receive the PVSA, stop by the Office of Student Life in Bldg. S, Room S201 to pick up an application or download it here​.