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Give a Little, Get a Lot Back

This article appeared in a February 2016 issue of the student newsletter. 

  Service-Learning is an exciting program at DCCCD that lets you do good for your community while doing good for yourself. How? By applying what you learn in the classroom to real-world community projects.

Explore Ways to Give Back

A fun way to learn about the Service-Learning program is to stop by a Service-Learning Fair. This exciting student event will help you decide what service project you may want to get involved in.

At the fair you can chat with representatives from the many community nonprofit agencies and ask any questions you may have.

Here are the dates for the Spring 2016 fairs:

  • North Lake - Feb. 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., J Building, room 200
  • Eastfield - Feb. 4, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., The Pit, Lower C Building
  • Cedar Valley - Feb. 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., D Bldg. 2nd floor
  • Brookhaven - Feb. 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., S Building Lobby
  • Richland - Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., El Paso hallway
  • Mountain View - Feb. 11, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., W Building hallway (West Campus)

Is Service-Learning the Same as Volunteering?

Both volunteering and Service-Learning are valuable. But there are differences.

Here's an example of the difference, courtesy of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse:

"If school students collect trash out of an urban streambed, they are providing a service to the community as volunteers, a service that is highly valued and important. On the other hand, when school students collect trash from an urban streambed, then analyze what they found and its possible sources so they can share the results with residents of the neighborhood along with suggestions for reducing pollution, they are engaging in Service-Learning."

You serve, and you learn. You go beyond textbook content and engage in problem-solving in the real world. The result: You gain critical-thinking skills that can serve you throughout life.

Sign Up for Service-Learning

Are you ready to develop new skills? Explore new career possibilities? How about make a difference in the community?

Sounds like you are ready for the Service-Learning program! Check out the Service-Learning website to browse community agencies, view program benefits, sign up for the program, and much more!

Questions about the Service Learning Fair?  Contact your college's campus coordinator. Spring 2016 enrollment for this life-changing program is open now, so don't wait! Get going and get giving!