Montgomery College, Germantown Campus
What is Service Learning?
Service-learning combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to their communities.
American Association of Community Colleges
Transcending Disciplines, Reinforcing Curricula, 2005
Basic Characteristics of Service-Learning in Higher Education
- Course relevant activities that benefit the learner and community.
- Inclusion of real-world issues and social problems.
- Service activities from single day projects to several hours a week per semester.
- Reflection through writing, reading, discussion.
- Academic credit for demonstrated student learning and achievement through service.
Montgomery College’s service-learning program supports and enhances student achievement through meaningful volunteer experience. Students develop civic responsibility, community awareness, and leadership skills through service to the local community.
Benefits for Students:
- Obtain a “real world” learning experience
- Learn new skills
- Meet people in the community from different backgrounds
- Explore career opportunities and add to your resume
- Make a difference in the community by sharing your skills and talents
- Connect with the community
Meeting Community Needs:
- Developmental Disabilities
- Hunger and Homelessness
- Mental Health
For more information, please contact:
Service Learning Coordinator