Service learning combines classroom instruction with community service, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility. Service learning programs involve students in activities that address local, community-identified needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community.
During the 2008-2009 school year, 658 students, 29 faculty members, 9 administrators and 11 community partner staff members participated in completing 13,136 hours of direct community service. The college partnered with 51 non-profit agencies and local schools, affecting an estimated 10,600 individuals from the community. Among the many benefits provided by the service learning projects were bike helmets for kids, brochures for the American Red Cross, and even a car for a family in need.
The big project of the 2009-2010 school year was Make a Flippin’ Difference. Service Learning volunteers held pancake feeds, the proceeds from which were used to assemble more than 600 first-aid kits to be sent to Haiti.
We believe that civic engagement is a core responsibility of our students and graduates. As a comprehensive community college, Laramie County Community College will play an active role in renewing and strengthening the commitment of students to civic life. We believe that service learning offers the greatest potential to foster civic responsibility because it provides opportunities for students to engage directly in our communities and meet the needs of the communities while enhancing coursework, broadening the scope of clubs and organizations, and creating life changing experiences through the residence life program. As students participate and reflect on these learning activities, the importance of civic responsibility and their role as engaged citizens will result.