Thank you for your interest in our community-engaged learning program. Community-engaged learning is teaching and learning strategy in which students actively apply the knowledge they are gaining in the classroom to real community needs through involvement in service projects. Service-learning is also about teaching students the value of active citizenry.
By electing to have one or more CCV students work with you, you join a growing list of community members across our state who have partnered with us in our community-engaged learning program. Our students have provided service for as few as four hours to as many as 20+ plus hours in a variety of organizations in our Vermont communities: K-12 schools, alternative education programs, domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, child and elder care centers, animal shelters, food banks, and environmentally focused agencies.
The success of our community-engaged learning program hinges on the partnerships we forge with our community organizations and businesses. If you would like to learn more about hosting CCV students in your organization, please contact CCV’s Student Services team.
Community Partner Benefits of Community-Engaged Learning
Everyone – students, faculty, and community members – benefits from community-engaged learning. A myriad of studies have shown that service-learning deepens learning, enhances teaching, and fosters a sense of caring for others and a commitment to civic engagement and responsibility.
As a Community Partner participating in service-learning you can benefit by:
- gaining additional human resources needed to achieve organizational goals
- injecting new energy, enthusiasm, and perspectives into your organization’s work
- growing your organization’s volunteer pool: service-learning students will share their experiences with friends and classmates
- increasing public awareness of your key issues
- reaching out to students—an important part of any organization’s future support
- educating students/youth about community issues; and correcting any misperceptions
- helping prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s civic leaders
- networking with colleagues in other organizations and agencies
- identifying and accessing other College resources; and building relationships with Community College of Vermont’s students, and staff.
From “Benefits of Service-Learning.” Community Service-Learning Center. University of Minnesota. Web. 02 Sept. 2011.