There are four primary ways to make sure service-learning is a part of your academic experience, while you are a student at Scottsdale Community College. And, if you find that your courses are not including service-learning, ask your favorite faculty member to make it a part of her/his curriculum. Our office is here to help them and you!
Service-learning is embedded into your classroom experience in this method. You might be asked as an individual or small-/large-group to select and serve an approved community partner. Or, your faculty member may already have an organization in mind. You will need to then contact the approved community partner and arrange the features of your service work – an important part of your available learning. Plus, there will be a cumulative academic assignment that is reflective in nature. This might be an individual/group presentation or creative element, a campus/community event, data collection analysis and report, or semester journal. Whatever the details, service-learning is a very definite part of the course. Our office maintains a list of courses that we know regularly include service-learning. Please call us for more info. If you believe you know of others, please share them with us.
In this approach, faculty members allow students to select an assignment – perhaps a big paper or huge exam – and replace it with a service-learning project (and related academic work). This is also a nice way for you to look at possible career options, if the course happens to be in your area of study. Just ask your faculty member at the start of the semester, if this is something they offer.
Each semester, our office plans and hosts Artie Has Heart: SCC’s Serve & Learn Day. Many classes connect with service-learning through this option. Just like with the In-course Approach, this style will likely have a final project that asks you to reflect on your experience and apply your classroom learning. The biggest difference between the two is that the details of the Artie Has Heart experience are all handled by our office. You just show up and serve!
SCC offers an Honors Contract in Service-learning – and, you don’t even have to be an Honors student to do one! This option allows you to select a class where you would like to add service-learning and work with that faculty member to design the experience. If you are an Honors student, this also allows you to receive Honors credit for the semester of enrollment. More information is available by visiting the SCC Honors Program Office in FOB, Rm. 104, or our office in SC, Rm. 100.