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Explore Service Learning

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Service-learning helps students see the real-world application of course content.  Students can participate in a wide variety of exciting hands-on service experiences that meet community needs.  Service-learning is also a great way for students to get experience and enhance their résumé for transfer and jobs.

Get Started

Volunteer to get experience, meet others and give back to the community. Here’s how to get started:

Service-Learning Resources

If your instructor has included service-learning in the syllabus, then you can get started now by accessing the Service Learning Student Handbook and forms below. The following links require Adobe Reader.

STUDENTS: Have you participated in Service-Learning at AACC?

Your experiences are now documented on your official transcript to share with employers and colleges!

Learn how to request an official transcript.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got more questions? Check our FAQ section here for additional information.

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. Students perform volunteer assistance to learn more about the subjects they are studying and to also help the community. Through a reflection assignment, students demonstrate their understanding of course learning objectives.

What is the difference between service-learning and internships?

Service-learning is short-term volunteer work that is integrated within a course with faculty-guided reflection. Internships are career focused experiences and they require a longer time commitment and can offer payment.

Is there a service-learning requirement for graduation at AACC?

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

What are some examples of the types of service work I could perform?

Diverse volunteer opportunities are available ranging from working with children, elderly, and animals, or working on environmental and health issues. AACC works with more than 150 non-profit organizations in the community and more than a dozen opportunities are available on campus.

Can I do service-learning if my instructor does not offer service-learning in their class?

No, service-learning must start as an instructor’s assignment. Community service projects are always an option and can be searched with the help of the Center for Learning through Service department.

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?

Check your course syllabus. Typical assignments range from 10 to 20 hours.

Can I volunteer at an organization that is not on the list of approved organizations?

No, there are legal and logistical issues involved in selecting community partners; therefore, you may select only from the approved list.

How can I get a nonprofit organization added to the approved list of organizations?

Contact the Center for Learning through Service and provide the name of the organization, a contact person's name, phone number, and email address. We will contact the organization.


Ask in Person

Center for Learning through Service
Careers Building, Room 314
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012


8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Service Learning Coordinator 
Tresa Ballard

Program Assistant 
Elizabeth Gallagher

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