About Service Learning
Service learning provides many benefits for students, faculty and community agencies.
For students, service learning provides opportunities to:
- Experience learning in the “real world”
- Develop critical thinking, writing skills. Develop civic responsibility.
- Experience social and personal development.
- Confirm (or not) an area of interest.
- Learn about potential employment and gain field experience.
- Makes students more marketable to large companies that value community service.
- Help with admission to 4 year colleges, and scholarship support.
For faculty, service learning:
- Can revitalize teaching efforts and can bring new directions and confidence to the teaching and scholarly pursuits of the faculty involved.
- Reinforces concepts and theories introduced in class and promotes “deep learning” as students use skills and knowledge in real life situations
- Can provide links to academic content, standards and SLOs
- Improves interaction between faculty and students
- Extends campus resources into the community and reinforces the value of the scholarship of engagement.
For The Community, service learning:
- Connects studnets to non profit organizations and agencies that desperatley need more volunteers
- Provides awareness to needs in the community and to programs and services available
- Brings fresh perspectives and knowledge to current volunteers, employees and clients
- Gives organizations the chance to meet possible future employees
- Promotes empathy and responsibility through civil engagement
Service Learning Supports the mission of Palomar College:
“Palomar College is an educational leader committed to quality learning. We provide our community the knowledge, information, skills and aesthetic appreciation necessary to live responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and changing world.”