Service Learning at Collin College

Serve! Learn! Lead!

Service Learning 

Research, critical reflection and objective-driven 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

List of Community Partners

Service Learning Assessment SURVEY 
Student Project Report 
Mandatory Student Travel Training 


Popular FAQs

What is Community Engagement?

Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities (local, regional/state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.  

The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good. 

(The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education) 

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is service-based experiential application of course knowledge in real-world situations in which the service benefits the community.   Service-learning experiences 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 course 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 among the student, faculty, educational institution and the community partner. 

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. 



District Coordinator


Rebecca Burton, Ed.D.

Professor of Education




McKinney Campus - Nursing

Heather Evarts

Professor of Nursing

McKinney Campus - General Academics

Gina Berend Perkins 

Professor of English

Frisco Campus - General Academics

Katie A. Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Plano Campus - General Academics  

Elizabeth Mellott

Professor of Photography 


Wylie Campus - General Academics

Pam Gaiter

Professor of Social Sciences and Public Service