Service learning is a type of experiential learning that allows you to develop professional and academic skills in the context of meaningful, applied work with a community or business organization. Instructors at CCV incorporate service learning projects into their classes to provide you with opportunities to connect your academic learning with real-world experience. The projects vary from class to class and instructor to instructor, but service learning opportunities can strengthen your education in a number of ways such as:
- encouraging you to perform relevant, meaningful work that stems from course essential objectives
- providing structured time for you to think, talk, or write about what you did and saw during the actual service activity
- providing you with opportunities to use newly-acquired skills and knowledge in real-life situations in your own community
- enhancing what you are taught by extending your learning beyond the classroom and into the community
- helping to foster your development of a sense of caring for others
- providing you with valuable experiences to list on your resume
Learn About Some of Our Past Service Learning Projects
“I like to create maps that make a difference concerning social issues,” Houk says.
It’s called counter cartography, and in essence it’s about creating maps that challenge currently-accepted beliefs about a place, it’s people or an issue. For Houk, who teaches classes at CCV, half-time at Green Mountain High School in Chester, and half-time at Riverside Middle School in Springfield, it’s about empowering his students to see and approach the world differently, and about teaching them how they can use maps to create positive change.
“It’s amazing how everyone came together for this one cause and really put their all into it.” said Justeen Kelley, a graduating CCV Rutland student. “No matter who you are or what you do, you can come together for one cause, and if you put in the hard work and you put in the energy, you can make it happen.”
The class’ goal was to raise $1,200 to purchase one bullet- and stab-proof vest for a Rutland area police dog, Kelley said. On Thursday students involved in the project presented Vermont Police Canine Association Treasurer Bob Ryan and President Wade LaBrecque with a check for well over that amount. The total, $2,728, will be used to purchase a vest for a local K9 unit with the remainder earmarked for the purchase or training of a new dog for one of the region’s police departments.