Service-Learning

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For Service-Learning Students

Service-Learning Courses

Most classes commit to a service-learning component close to the start of the actual term. For a current listing of courses that will have a service-learning component for any given term, contact servicelearning@rcbc.edu.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is service-learning?

Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines relevant community service with course content. This combination enriches student and faculty experiences in the classroom by connecting course material to a community context.  For example, a classroom assignment may be designed collaboratively with a local organization to develop a product that will be utilized to better serve the community at the end of the course.

Why experience service-learning?

There are numerous reasons to participate in service-learning! Here are just a few of the things service-learning can do for you:

  1. Enrich your academic experience at RCBC by connecting classroom theory with real-world application.
  2. Deepen your understanding of local community issues through first-hand experience.
  3. Sharpen your professional ("on-the-job") skills.
  4. Strengthen your connection to a diverse group of people, including professors, community leaders, community members and peers.
  5. Transform you with the knowledge, experience and network to help you make a positive impact on the world around you.

Who can get involved?

All RCBC students can get involved with service-learning! Here are some ways to get started:

  • Each term, we offer a variety of course sections with a service-learning component. You can contact the Service-Learning Program for details about registering for these courses. Once the professor introduces the concept in class, jump on board! This will be a great way for you test run service-learning to see if it is right for you. Project requirements differ from class to class, so be sure you are comfortable with the expectations before committing.
  • Have you volunteered or participated in service-learning before and you know you want to continue to follow that path while earning college credit? Then talk to the Service-Learning Coordinator and consider enrolling in one of the following Service-Learning Practicums:
    • SLR 111: Service-Learning Practicum (1 credit)
    • SLR 112: Service-Learning and Community Partnerships (2 credits)
    • SLR 113: Service-Learning and Community Awareness (3 credits)
    • SLR 114: Service-Learning and Identity (4 credits)
  • Interested in making a larger commitment? Consider the Service-Learning Scholars Program, which provides an opportunity for students to become leaders in campus and community engagement through a guided service-learning experience.  Scholars commit to one full year in the program and participate in a minimum of 200 hours of service.  The program is highly selective and successful Scholars are awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Are the courses you're taking lacking in service-learning opportunities? Contact us at servicelearning@rcbc.edu.

Where can I begin?

Start by speaking to your academic advisor about identifying courses and faculty members that offer service-learning.  Then register for those courses per deadlines outlined in the college's academic calendar.

Already enrolled in classes?  Share your enthusiasm with your professors if you would like to see a service-learning component in the courses you are taking.  Let them know that the Service-Learning Coordinator would love to hear from them!  The best way to reach the Coordinator is at servicelearning@rcbc.edu.

When can I get involved?

You can get involved with service-learning projects as soon as you start at RCBC.  Even if you are in your second, third, or 10th year at RCBC, we have opportunities for you.  Service-learning courses and projects are offered throughout the fall and spring terms, and additional activities take place on national service days and holidays.

How does service-learning work?

Service-learning works similarly to any other course assignment.  Your professors will outline the project expectations and grading criteria.  They might let you choose your own community-based partners and projects, or they may already have a project in mind.  In either case, it is important to remember that while a service-learning project may be facilitated and graded by your professor, it is also meant to benefit local community members and organizations.