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 instruction 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.
The Palomar College Service Learning office seeks 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 the community through service is the primary focus and role of the Service Learning Department.
Service Learning supports the Palomar College Mission:
“We are committed to helping our students achieve the learning outcomes necessary to contribute as individuals and global citizens living responsibly, effectively, and creatively in an interdependent and ever-changing world.”
We always welcome new Service Learning participants. We have an extensive list of great nonprofit organizations in our community eagerly awaiting to hear from those that want to make a positive impact in their communities.
Students – Please go to the Info for Students page. Check out the Community Partners List and follow the easy steps to register!
Professors – We invite you to get your students involved with Service Learning this Semester! Service Learning can be used to replace an assignment, or as extra credit. Some Service Learning projects are for special events and are just a one-day commitment. Professors can also participate, volunteering themselves (and earn PD credit for doing so!) Click on Info for Faculty for more information.
Whether you are faculty member interested in incorporating service learning into your course, a new or existing community partner, or student needing additional information, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We look forward to assisting your needs!
Past Events & Program News
Exemplary Service Learning Students were honored at the 2018 Service Learning Reception.
Congratulations to our scholarship award recipients Marisela Lopez, Nicolas Vallone, and Penny Halverson.
Big Shout out to the Palomar College ESL department who came together on a Saturday to do a Service Learning beautification project at Palomar’s Early Childhood Education Lab School preschool on the Escondido campus.
Thank you to all students, faculty, and especially our Community Partners for attending our Spring 2018 Semester Service Learning Fair. We had a large turnout and the event was a great success!
Great Job Psychology Students in Professor Genevieve Griffin’s class who volunteered at the 2017 Walk Rock and Roll event raising awareness and funds for San Diego Autism Society!
THANK YOU TO ALL VOLUNTEERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN PALOMAR’S FACULTY & STAFF MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY VOLUNTEER EVENT!
On Saturday, October 28, Palomar College Faculty and Staff participated in National Make a Difference Day helping to make our community a better place. Palomar employees served on projects at three local non-profit organizations – TERI Inc., Charity Wings Art & Craft Center, and Escondido Community Child Development Center. Faculty and Staff enjoyed connecting and collaborating with each other and giving back to the community. We hope to make this an annual event!
Thank you to those who represented Palomar College at Finish Chelsea’s Run March, 2017
Thank you to all who joined the Palomar College Team for St. Jude’s Run/Walk November, 2016