Do you enjoy learning more about your local community? Are you naturally drawn to helping others? Is it not as easy for you to learn from a book as it is to apply what you’re learning to real-life situations? If you answered yes to either or both of these questions, you are a wonderful candidate to pursue Academic Service Learning!
The office for Service Learning is here to assist in setting up learning strategies outside the normal classroom environment. If you are a student in the Technology area, there are ways you can reach out and apply your learning in community organizations. If you are preparing to be a teacher, there are schools that are really in need of 1:1 help with their students. If you are a student of psychology or have a long range goal of social work, there are several non-profits that could use your help – and this is just the beginning.
In return for your participation in Service Learning, you will gain real-life experience in a professional setting and a wider view of the society and community in which you live. In the competitive job market of today, Service Learning on a resume reflects to your potential future employer that you had above average initiative in completing your education at HFCC – you didn’t just do the minimum – you went beyond the average classroom experience to apply your learning outside the classroom.
If you are interested in participating in this innovative form of learning, please speak with your course instructors and/or contact the Director of Service Learning, Jeanie O’Connor at 313-317-6879.