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Service Learning
    Serve! Learn! Lead!
    Research, critical reflection and effective service are the core components of Collin College's award winning Service Learning program.  Service Learning engages students in valuable experiential learning through service opportunities that benefit the community.

    Important Links and Resources

    Online Student Service Learning Orientation
    Student Documentation and Waiver Form
    Service Learning Project  SURVEY

    Service Learning Resources

    Active Community Partners List

    What is Service-Learning?

    Service Learning is service-based experiential application of knowledge in real-world situations in which the service benefits  the community.   Service-learning projects are a component of a credit-bearing class, aligned with specific academic learning objectives, and associated with a grade. This unique method of education connects a student's personal, career, and civic interests to learning  in the classroom.

    Service-learning is education in action (John Glenn).

    Goals and Benefits of Service-Learning

    The goals of Service Learning are multi-faceted:  to enhance academic comprehension through hands-on application of knowledge, skills and abilities in an experiential learning environment; to contribute to the community by addressing and  meeting community need through research and service; to develop effective servant leaders through holistic leadership development; to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to the learning process;  and to foster  reciprocal relationships between the student, faculty, educational institution and the community partner.

    There are numerous benefits of Service Learning.  Service learning improves academic performance;  increases student retention;  enhances student learning through application of knowledge / skills / abilities; develops effective servant leaders; meets community need;  reaffirms students' career goals by expanding career knowledge, opportunity and work experience;  strengthens personal character and sense of social responsibility; and motivates students to further engage in the college community; and increased sustainability in the community.

    Service Learning Awards and Recognitions

    Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Community Engagement Classification.

    President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

    Founding member of Campus to Community Coalition of Texas (formally Texas Campus Compact).

    Collin College's Service-Learning program also received the Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges Collaboration Award, the nation's highest honor for service-learning programs in community colleges. National Campus Compact has recognized Collin College's Service-Learning program as a model of exemplary civic engagement practices.The Service-Learning program also received the national Bellwether Award in collaboration with the Learning Communities program.

    Documenting Service Learning

    To document your academic service hours, download the Service Learning Student Documentation Packet, complete and submit to your professor or to the Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.

    More Information

    For more information on service-learning, you may go to the following links.

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    Effective Servant Leadership
    Contact Information
    Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement
    2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway F102
    Plano, Texas  75074

    Terry L. Hockenbrough, Ph.D.
    Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement

    Deborah Hall, B.A.
    Administrative Assistant
    Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement

    Campus Faculty Coordinators
    Central Park Campus - Health Sciences
    Loyd F. Campbell
    EMS Clinical Coordinator/Professor
    Collin College
    2200 W. University
    McKinney TX 75070
    ofc #214.491.6260
    cell # 972.765.4537
    fax #972.548.6556

    Central Park Campus - General Studies
    Judi Bartik Wohead
    Professor, Speech Communication
    Collin College
    Central Park Campus
    Office: E212

    Preston Ridge Campus

    Kim Nyman
    Professor of Communications Studies
    Collin College, Preston Ridge Campus
    9700 Wade Road
    Frisco, TX 75035

    Spring Creek Campus
    Whitney J. Pisani
    Professor of Communication Studies
    Office F102
    2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy
    Plano, Texas 75074