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Service-Learning Courses

Below is a current listing of courses that will have a service-learning component for the spring 2014 semester. Most classes commit to a service-learning component closer to the start of the actual semester. Keep checking back for updates.

COURSE SECTION COURSE NAME INSTRUCTOR
ENG 101 304 College Composition I Erika Baldt
ENG 102 100 College Composition II Erika Baldt
ENG 102 310 College Composition II Kidane Johannes
ENG 102 315 College Composition II Chris Gazzara
ENG 102 321 College Composition II Erika Baldt
SLR 111 100 Service-Learning Practicum Erica Franklin
SLR 111 300 Service-Learning Practicum Erica Franklin
SLR 111 800 Service-Learning Practicum Erica Franklin
SLR 112 100 SL Practicum & Community Partnerships Erica Franklin
SLR 112 300 SL Practicum & Community Partnerships Erica Franklin
SLR 112 800 SL Practicum & Community Partnerships Erica Franklin
SLR 113 100 SL Practicum & Community Awareness Erica Franklin
SLR 113 300 SL Practicum & Community Awareness Erica Franklin
SLR 113 800 SL Practicum& Community Awareness Erica Franklin
SLR 114 100 SL Practicum & Identity Erica Franklin
SLR 114 300 SL Practicum & Identity Erica Franklin
SLR 114 800 SL Practicum & Identity Erica Franklin

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is service-learning?

Service-learning is a method of teaching and learning that combines community service with course content. This combination enriches student and faculty experiences in the classroom by connecting the course material to a community context for example, a classroom assignment may be designed collaboratively with a local organization to develop a product that will be utilized to better serve the community at the end of the course.

 

Why experience service-learning?

There are numerous reasons to participate in service-learning! Here are just a few of the things service-learning can do for you:

  1. Enrich your academic experience at BCC by connecting classroom theory with real-world application.
  2. Deepen your understanding of local community issues through first-hand experience.
  3. Sharpen your professional ("on-the-job") skills.
  4. Strengthen your connection to a diverse group of people, including professors, community leaders, community members and peers.
  5. Transform you with the knowledge, experience and network to help you make a positive impact on the world around you.

 

Who can get involved?

All BCC students can get involved with service-learning! Here are some ways to get started:

  • Each semester, we offer a variety of course sections with service-learning. You can contact the Service-Learning Program for details about registering for these courses. Once the professor introduces the concept in class, jump on board! This will be a great way for you test run service-learning to see if it is right for you. Project requirements differ from class to class, so be sure you’re comfortable with the expectations before committing.
  • Have you volunteered or participated in service-learning before and you know you want to continue to follow that path while earning college credit? Then talk to the Service-Learning Coordinator and consider enrolling in one of the following Service-Learning Practicums:
    • SLR 111: Service-Learning Practicum (1 credit)
    • SLR 112: Service-Learning and Community Partnerships (2 credits)
    • SLR 113: Service-Learning and Community Awareness (3 credits)
    • SLR 114: Service-Learning and Identity (4 credits)
  • Interested in making a larger commitment? Consider the Service-Learning Scholars Program, which provides an opportunity for students to become leaders in campus and community engagement through a guided service-learning experience. Scholars commit to one full-year in the program and participate in a minimum of 200 hours of service. The program is highly selective and successful Scholars are awarded a $1,000 scholarship.

Are the courses you're taking lacking in service-learning opportunities? Contact us at servicelearning@bcc.edu.

 

Where can I begin?

Start by speaking to your academic advisor about identifying courses and faculty members that offer service-learning. Then register for those courses per deadlines outlined in the college's academic calendar.

Already enrolled in classes? Share your enthusiasm with your professors if you would like to see a service-learning component in the courses you’re taking. Let them know that BCC's Service-Learning Coordinator would love to hear from them! The best way to reach the Coordinator is at servicelearning@bcc.edu.

 

When can I get involved?

Get involved with service-learning projects as soon as you start at BCC. Even if you are in your second, third, or 10th year at BCC, we have opportunities for you. Service-learning courses and projects are offered throughout the fall and spring semesters, and additional activities take place on national service days and holidays.

 

How does service-learning work?

Service-learning works similarly to any other course assignment. Your professors will outline the project expectations and grading criteria. They might let you choose your own community-based partners and projects, or they may already have a project in mind. In either case, it is important to remember that while a service-learning project may be facilitated and graded by your professor, it is also meant to benefit local community members and organizations.