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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some frequently asked questions about the Center for Learning through Service at AACC. If you have additional questions please feel free to contact us.

What is service-learning?
Service-learning combines academic studies with community volunteer service, enhancing student learning through a hands-on service experience that meets a community need. 

Is service-learning the same as internships?
Although service-learning and internships are somewhat related, service-learning is strictly volunteerism that is integrated within a course. Internships are often paid positions and are career-focused. 

Is there a service-learning requirement for graduation at AACC?
No, there is not a graduation requirement at AACC for service-learning participation. 

Where is the service-learning office?
The Center for Learning through Service is located on the Arnold Campus in the Careers Building in room 314 (CRSC 314). The office is open from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

What are some examples of the types of service work I could perform?
There are a host of diverse volunteer opportunities available. For example, opportunities can range from working with children, elderly, animals, or even working on environmental issues. There currently more than 100 placement opportunities that are available in the community and more than a dozen of those are available on campus.

How is service-learning integrated within a course?
Each instructor may choose how he or she wishes to integrate service-learning. For example, the assignment may be a class option, such as a research paper or service-learning. It may also be integrated as a class project or as a mandatory assignment for a particular class.

What if my instructors do not offer service-learning and I want to participate?
You may visit the Center for Learning through Service and arrange an individual volunteer project. You may also wish to speak with your instructors and tell them of your desire to participate in a service-learning project and see if they will work with you on arranging such an exercise.

Can I do service-learning in more than one class?
Yes, but it is the responsibility of the student to work this out with each instructor to ensure that all course requirements are met.

Can I do my service-learning where I currently work or volunteer?
No, typically a service-learning experience is designed to give you a new experience.

How many hours do I have to volunteer? 
Typical placements range from 10 to 20 hours.

Can I volunteer at an agency that is not on the list of approved agencies?
No, there are legal and logistical issues involved in selecting community partners; therefore, you may select only from the approved list.