Don’t miss out on the new Service Learning course (IS 201) starting Winter 2017. This course will connect PC students to hands-on, meaningful projects with local community partners. Through service learning activities and assignments, students will gain real-world experience in their fields of study while testing skills and interests in a potential career path. We currently have 15 community partners offering over 30 service projects! Throughout the course, students will work directly with a partner organization to complete a project while participating in one hour of online coursework each week to discuss and reflect on the service learning experience.
The Service Learning course goes beyond internships and volunteer work by empowering students to apply “classroom” learning to current social issues and community needs. Students will connect with mentors within organizations who will help them reflect on their own career choices, life challenges, and professional growth. Online coursework and assignments are built around learner-centered reflection, peer discussions, and field experiences for a variety of disciplines.
What can you learn from this experience? Students who have participated in service learning projects have described it as “free experience” that sets them apart from other graduates or job applicants. Others cite service learning experiences as career-shaping, profound, and inspirational. The real-world learning applications afforded by service learning are extremely beneficial for a student’s resume and transcript. It shows that students have taken the initiative to research and experience their academic area of interest to determine if it is really what they want to do.
As for the course, the number of credit hours (Variable Credit – V2-5) is connected to the number of “field hours” you’ll be required to complete with your chosen organization:
2 Credits= 3 field hours with community partner and 1 online “lecture” hour per week*
3 Credits= 6 field hours and 1 online “lecture” hour per week *
4 Credits= 9 field hours and 1 online “lecture” hour per week*
5 Credits= 12 field hours and 1 online “lecture” hour per week*
*Students should expect to spend another 2-3 hours study time per week on readings and assignments.
Before the course begins, students should visit our Community Partners page to research nonprofit organizations they might like to work with for their service project. While students are not limited to working with these specific partners, the formal relationship and agreements we have in place with our community partners will foster the most beneficial service experience for both the student and the organization. Students are also encouraged to review Service Learning Project Opportunities for project ideas.
Be sure to select your top three choices for a community partner and project ideas and email them to the instructor, Jennifer Santry. The sooner we can get started planning for your service learning experience the easier it will be for you to hit the ground running once the winter quarter begins. A few things to consider when making your final partner/project choices:
For more information about the Service Learning (IS 201) course, please contact Jen Santry.
Last day to register for Winter Quarter – December 30, 2016!