Service LearningService 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.
Reservations for LCCC's new Community Garden are now open. Each plot is six feet by 12 feet, and the cost is $15 for each area. Anyone in the community is eligible to rent a plot for the upcoming growing season.
The garden is on the north part of campus, west of the LCCC Arena. Participants need only provide the seeds and plant materials. The college will provide a community tool shed and composting bins, as well as water for each plot. Additionally, for those that don’t garden, there will be a community area where people are welcome to obtain vegetables at no cost.
"Community gardens are an innovative way to bring the campus and the community together,” said Jeri Griego, who is leading this project for the college. “It gives people an opportunity for some great outdoor activity, for healthy eating options and even to save money.”
This project is made possible thanks to funding from the college’s service learning program, a Golden Apple Grant from the LCCC Foundation, and donations from various groups and individuals in the community. For information and guidelines about the garden or to reserve a plot, contact Jeri by email or at 307.778.1279.
Those intestered in participating can also download a copy of the Community Garden agreement.
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.