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.
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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.
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.
Opportunities for HCC Students
Take a class with a service learning component or apply for an Alternative Break Trip.
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...
Fall 2020 Virtual Events
Banned Books - Celebrate Your Right to Read
Online - (Week of September 28th - more details to come)
Prof. Rick Leith's Ethics in Lit students, HCC Library staff, and Center for Service Learning staff will discuss and answer questions concerning the pros and cons of book banning and present information on children's and young adult books recently challenged or banned in the U.S. as well as some challenged or banned during the last several decades.
Passion Project & Film Showcase
Online (Date and Time TBD)
This event will give students faculty, and staff the opportunity to interact virtually with students from Prof. Brooke Tyson's two ENGL-121 courses and learn about the crucial global & social issues presented in documentary films from the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.
Global Giving Market
Online Fair Trade Shopping Event (Date and Time TBD)
Students from Prof. Kathy Norton's Intro to Business Management class will educate the community about fair trade and will host an online sale of fair trade items. The Global Giving Market directly promotes the values of fair trade including community development, environmental stewardship and fair labor conditions.