Service Learning

Welcome to Service Learning through St. Charles Community College. Service Learning combines academic studies with community volunteer service, enhancing student learning through hands-on service experience that meets a community need.

Service Learning Program

Students who sign up for a designated service learning course will select a service site that meets the instructor's requirements and looks of interest to the student. The student will contact the agency and discuss with the volunteer coordinator the available service options and times available to serve. They will keep track of their hours on the required hours log form (15 hours per semester is recommended, although the student may choose to do more). The log, signed by the volunteer coordinator, will be turned in to the faculty instructor. A reflection paper or presentation will be made to discuss the service learning.

Learn more about Service Learning.

The benefits to students:

  • Link academic theory to real world experience
  • Learn new skills
  • Connect with the community
  • Explore careers
  • Learn about diversity

The benefits for community agencies:

  • Short term volunteers to meet community needs
  • Potential long-term volunteers
  • Potential recruits for agency employment
  • Expanded trained volunteer network to promote agency services within the community

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service learning is a type of experiential education that combines academic goals with activities that address human and community needs.

What is the difference between service-learning and community service?

Community service participants volunteer for the primary or sole purpose of meeting the needs of others and bettering the community as a whole. People engaged in high quality service learning meet the needs of their communities while increasing their academic achievement. Service-learning students also take part in structured time designated to investigate community needs, invoke upon thoughtful planning of the project & complete a guided reflection regarding the relationship between their service experience and their more traditional in-class learning. Overall, the most important feature of effective service-learning programs is that students engage equally with learning and service and reflect on the connections.

Community Partners

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If you are interested in partnering your organization with St. Charles Community College, please email Bryonie Carter,

Contact Us

Bryonie Carter
Bryonie A. Carter

Assistant Professor of English

Kelley Pfeiffer
Kelley Pfeiffer
Associate Dean of Student Success

Mandi Smith
Mandi Smith
Student Activities Manager