About Service Learning
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with classroom instruction and reflection. Service learning can be applied in all courses and it can involve individual students or groups of students. Service learning has been proven as an innovative and effective education methodology that is grounded in scholarship. Further information on this definition of service learning can be found on the Learn and Serve America website at:
Service learning provides many benefits for students, faculty and community agencies.
For students, service learning provides opportunities to:
n Experience learning in the “real world”
n Develop critical thinking, writing skills.
n Develop civic responsibility.
n Experience social and personal development.
n Confirm (or not) an area of interest.
n Learn about potential employment
n Help with admission to 4 year colleges, and scholarship support.
For faculty, service learning:
n Can revitalize teaching efforts and can bring new directions and confidence to the teaching and scholarly pursuits of the faculty involved.
n Reinforces concepts and theories introduced in class and promotes “deep learning” as students use skills and knowledge in real life situations
n Can provide links to academic content, standards and SLOs
n Improves interaction between faculty and students
n Extends campus resources into the community and reinforces the value of the scholarship of engagement.
Supports the mission of Palomar College:
n “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.”
At Palomar we have identified community partners who have agreed to have our students work on projects in their agencies. Click here to see a listing of partners, along with their contact information and a basic profile.