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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 Log

List of Community Partners

Service Learning Project  SURVEY

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.

Contact Information

Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway F102
Plano, Texas 75074
Office:972.881.5927
Fax:972.516.5065
Email:  csce@collin.edu

Director
 
Terry L. Hockenbrough, Ph.D.
thockenbrough@collin.edu
 
Administrative Assistant
 
Deborah Hall, B.A.
dahall@collin.edu
 

Faculty Coordinators

Central Park Campus-
Nursing
 
Jeni Long
Professor of Nursing
 
Central Park Campus-
Health Sciences
 
Loyd Campbell
Professor and EMS Clinical Coordinator
 
Central Park Campus-
General Academics
 
OPEN
 
Preston Ridge Campus-
General Academics
 
Suzanne Jones, Ed.D. Professor, College Success & Integrated Reading & Writing     sejones@collin.edu
 
Spring Creek Campus-
General Academics
 
Pam Gaiter
Professor of Social Sciences and Public Service