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Service Learning at Palomar College

What is Service Learning? Service Learning combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service. Certain classes offer Service Learning as and assignment option or extra credit. Students find a non profit organization or public school to volunteer in and connect the experience they have to the course material in that class. Students typically write reflection papers or present to the class about their Service Learning experience. Service Learning is currently an option in many Child Development and Sociology classes, as well as select Psychology, Photography, Art, Dance, Business, Economics, American Studies, ASL, Nursing, and Geology classes. We are looking to add Service Learning components to more courses! A List of Community Partners looking for Palomar College Student Volunteers and all the directions you need to get signed up for Service Learning are

Service Learning Defined





We always welcome new Service Learning participants. We have an extensive list of great nonprofit organizations in our community eagerly awaiting to hear from  Palomar College Students willing to volunteer.

Students – Please go to the Info for Students page. Check out the Community Partners List and use the 11 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.

Program News


Past Events

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.
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.

Excellence in Service Learning Award Nominees 2018


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!

Past Service Learning Fair from Spring 2018


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!


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



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 the community through service is the primary focus and role of the office of Service Learning.

Contact Information

Service Learning Office Location- P-8B
1140 W. Mission Rd. San Marcos, CA 92069

Phone Number: 1 (760) 744-1150 ext. 3734