Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Community colleges are centers for educational opportunities.  They are an American invention that put publicly funded higher education at close-to-home facilities in our communities beginning nearly 100 years ago. 

As part of our mission at Jackson State Community College, Service Learning combines community service with academic instruction, focusing on:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Values clarification
  • Social and personal development
  • Civic and community responsibility
  • Global, cultural, and inter-generational scope

What is Service Learning?

The National and Community Service Acts of 1990 define service learning with a set of criteria:

  1. Under which students learn and develop through participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and community;
  2. That is integrated into the student’s academic curriculum or provides structured time for a student to think, talk, or write about what the student did and saw during the actual service activity;
  3. That enhances what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community and helps to foster the development of a sense of caring for others.