Service-Learning Benefits

Service-Learning combines service to the community with academic objectives to equally benefit the community and the student. Students participate in projects that meet community needs and that involve self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition of values, skills, and content knowledge.

Benefits for Students

  • Bridges classroom learning with real-life applicationsA student participates in Bruins Give Back
  • Increases student self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Increases awareness of societal challenges and resources
  • Broadens perspectives of diversity issues
  • Credit transfers to many four year institutions*
  • Encourages civic responsibility through active community involvement
  • Develops career skills and interests

Benefits for the Community

  • Provides positive, meaningful ways to meet community needsBig Brothers and Big Sisters
  • Broadens the community awareness of college programs and initiatives
  • Allows working professionals to develop relationships with potential employees
  • Strengthens community partnerships
  • Encourages ownership of community and increases citizenship

Benefits for Faculty and the College

  • Builds rich and active learning experiences in each academic content area
  • Increases college staff awarIMG_1111eness of potential community resources
  • Improves student retention and satisfaction
  • Supports the college mission and achievement of accreditation standards of quality
  • Deepens connection to local community

*Students should talk to their potential four year institution about requirements and transferable credits.