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The Center for Service Learning provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved in volunteer service in and outside the classroom.  Each year, approximately 1,000 student service learning placements are completed in collaboration with more than 55 partnering community organizations.  Students involved in the service learning program work with non-profit, education, and government organizations in order to provide food to individuals experiencing hunger, conserve environmental resources, tutor children, improve the health and wellness of Maryland residents, and so much more!

Learn more about service learning, student involvement opportunities and upcoming events below.

  • Overview

    Service Learning Defined

    Service Learning is a method of instruction where students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that:

    • is integrated into and enhances academic and co-curricular learning
    • is conducted in and meets the needs of the community
    • is coordinated with an institution of higher education and community partners
    • helps foster civic responsibility
    • includes structured time for the students to reflect on the service experience. (Adapted from the Corporation for National and Community Service)

    What We Do

    The Center for Service Learning engages students in meaningful volunteer service opportunities in partnership with non-profit, education, and government organizations. 

    Students can get involved by taking an HCC course that offers a service learning component or participating in one of the Center's co-curricular programs.  Find out more on the students page.

    Faculty members can work with the Center to design and implement an academic service learning project or travel as an advisor on an Alternative Break Trip.  Find out more on the faculty/staff page.

    Community organizations can host student volunteers by becoming an official service learning partnering organization.  Find out more on the partnering organizations page.

    Our Mission

    The mission of the Howard Community College Center for Service Learning is to enhance academic and co-curricular learning through the integration of Service Learning.  We collaborate with the community to create meaningful service experiences that extend classroom and co-curricular learning while encouraging civic engagement, community awareness, and personal development.

  • Our Staff

    Center for Service Learning

    McCuan Hall, room 120 | | 443-518-1885

    Cindy Paige Desi, Director of Service Learning


    Jessica Klug, Operations and Information Manager


    Siobhan Hayes, Program Specialist

  • Get Involved

    Opportunities for HCC Students

    Take a class with a service learning component, apply for an Alternative Break Trip, or sign-up for Operation: Community Outreach (OCO) 2.0.  Learn more here...

    Opportunities for HCC Faculty

    Find out more about the pedagogy and discover ways you can integrate a service learning component into a class you teach at HCC.  Learn more here...

    Opportunities for Non-Profit Community & Government Organizations

    Do you have needs that HCC students could help you meet through volunteer service?  Find out more about the HCC service learning program and discover how to become a community partner.  Learn more here...

    Opportunities for Community Members

    Find out more about the service learning program and discover how community members can support and/or benefit from service learning endeavors.  Learn more...

  • Upcoming Events
    Alternative Winter Break Trip

    Sunday, January 14 - Saturday, January 20 | Southeastern U.S.

    (dates subject to change)

    Dedicate a week of your winter break traveling to the southeast to better understand the many issues facing the migrant worker community in the region.  Volunteer serving with organizations working to meet the needs of this community and bridge the gaps that exist between the community and access to resources (more details to follow).

    Must be a currently enrolled HCC student and 18 years of age by January 13, 2018 to apply.
    Applications, available in October 2017, can be picked up in the Center for Service Learning (MH 120).  Selected participants will be required to pay a $250 trip fee. The cost will cover all major expenses including airfare, ground transportation, meals and lodging. 


    Service Learning Fair

    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    10:30 am - 1:00 pm

    Burrill Galleria

    (between the Clark Library and Science and Technology buildings)

    Each semester, the Center for Service Learning invites representatives from our partnering organizations to visit campus and talk with students about volunteer opportunities at the Service Learning Fair.

    Enrolled in a HCC course with a service learning component?  The Service Learning Fair is the optimal time and place to find your ideal service learning placement!

    Interested in volunteering in the community?  Attending the Service Learning Fair is a great way to meet local volunteer coordinators and learn how you can make a difference in the community!

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