Service Learning at Palomar College

The mission of the office of service learning at Palomar College is to provide active, service-focused, community-based, learning opportunities for students. These opportunities are designed to build and enhance students’ commitment to academics, personal and professional development, and civic responsibility. The linking of students and faculty to community through service is the primary focus and role of the office of Service Learning.

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a hands-on approach to education. It can take place in a variety of community settings.

The Corporation for National and Community Service defines community service learning as “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instructions and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”

The two major components of community service learning in an academic course are:

  • The student’s participation in a community service activity connected to course materials and
  • The student’s active reflection on the meaning of that service

Reflection activities are the key to growth and understanding. Activities may range from classroom discussions to journaling to research papers. These assignments enhance student’s understanding of course content, general knowledge, self-awareness and a sense of civic responsibility.

Contact Information

Service Learning Office Location- MD 266
1140 W. Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069

Phone Number: 1 (760) 744-1150 ext. 3734 (Service Learning Office)
If no answer PLEASE contact coordinator at:
(760)744-1150 ext. 5528 (Coordinator’s Office)

Fax Number: (760) 761-3516

Service Learning Coordinator:
Laurel Anderson, PhD
Office:  MD 361
landerson@palomar.edu

(760) 744-1150 ext. 5528

Service Learning Associate:
Gina Wilson
gwilson2@palomar.edu

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