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.
Volunteer to get experience, meet others, and give back to the community. Here’s how you get started:
Find community service opportunities using one of the following:
If your instructor has included service-learning in the syllabus, then you can get started now by accessing the Student Handbook and forms below. The following links require Adobe Reader.
Got more questions? Check our FAQ section here for additional information.
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.
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.
No, there is not a graduation requirement at AACC for service-learning participation.
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.
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.
Yes, but it is the responsibility of the student to work this out with each instructor to ensure that all course requirements are met.
No, typically a service-learning experience is designed to give you a new experience.
Check your course syllabus. Typical assignments range from 10 to 20 hours.
No, there are legal and logistical issues involved in selecting community partners; therefore, you may select only from the approved list.
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.