Service Learning Program

Dallas College Service Learning program can provide students the opportunity of earning classroom credit by engaging in a timely and organized way with local nonprofits to offer high quality community service.

The Service Learning program offers a variety of ways in which students can participate in social, environmental, humanitarian, and other causes, while tying those valuable efforts into classroom learning and curricula. It enhances student learning by connecting academic content with hands-on experiences, developing leadership skills, and learning from community-based professionals.

Developing the 21st Century Skills (4 C’s)

Service Learning develops the 21st century skills (4 C’s) that employers are looking for in college graduates:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity
  • Collaboration
  • Communication

Studies have shown a positive impact of Service Learning on student academic learning as measured by course grades or grade point average.

Service Learning History

The American Association of Community Colleges offers a concise definition: “Service Learning combines service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.

Service Learning program involves students in activities that address community-identified needs while developing academic skills and commitment to their community.”

Service Learning is not volunteering, it is a reflective educational experience in which students earn academic credit by participating in meaningful activities.

 

Noeli Biggs

  • Senior Manager, Special Academic Programming