What is Service-Learning?
The mission of Maricopa County Community Colleges is to advance and support service-learning for the educational, social, and civic benefit of our students and communities through dynamic teaching and learning.
Service Learning at Phoenix College is composed of:
- Learning - Intentional connection to the curriculum (or club/career aspiration)
- Service - Meeting the needs of local, national, and/or global communities
- Reflection - Connecting service and learning experiences to gain a deeper understanding
- Assessment - Evaluate the learning & service
- Celebration - Recognizing the contribution to the community
- What are the Benefits to the Students?
- Develops critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and problem-solving skills.
- Learn citizenship and social responsibility
- Stimulates intellectual and leadership development.
- Improve self-confidence by becoming an active citizen in your community
- Assist with an issue that is affecting their community
- What are the Benefits to the Community Partners?
- Increase positive exposure in the community
- Facilitate the development of the students' lifelong commitment to service
- Provide increased direct aid, human interaction, and personal empowerment to people in need
- Develop short and long-term solutions to pressing community needs
- What are the Benefits to the Faculty & College?
- Develop more powerful curricula by providing students with a "real world" context for theory and discipline-specific knowledge.
- Raise awareness of current social issues as they relate to academic and social areas of interest.
- Foster a culture of student participation and leadership on campus
- Increase student retention by helping them develop a sense of community within the class.
- Students will be more engaged in the course material and look forward to participating in classroom discussion
Pillars of Service Learning
- Service must meet a community need
- Service must be connected to curriculum
- Reflection (class assignment)
Types of Service Learning
- Days of Service/One-time service projects
- Class projects or group projects
- Individual Placements
Examples of Service Learning
- Food Insecurity Campaign for PC Food Pantry
- Community Sign Language Interpretation
- Serve at Phoenix Art Museum during the semester