Get Involved: Service Learning
Get more out of your course work and make a difference in your community through service
learning. Our goal is to link the classroom and community to put your education in
action. Service-Learning is a semester long project that combines meaningful community
service with your regular course work for a valuable experiential education experience.
How can you get involved? Sign up for courses that offer opportunities to do service-learning
projects. For more information contact Mary Parkman, Service-Learning Coordinator
"Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I will understand."
~ Chinese Proverb
What is it?
Service-learning is an opportunity for students to provide an important service to
the community and, at the same time, learn about community needs and issues. Students
will also develop and practice new skills in a real world setting, and reflect on
their personal and career interests. Service-learning intentionally combines service
with learning, a combination that is transforming both communities and students.
- Service-learning is an optional semester long project offered in select courses at
- Service-Learning projects may substitute for a paper, project, exam or count as extra
credit. This depends on the course.
- Requires a commitment of 15 hours of service to a non-profit agency.
- Receive $8.60 per service hour for a 15 hour commitment through the "Community Service-Work
Study Program" with approval from course instructor, Work Study and Service-Learning
By signing up for courses that offer a service component, you will cover the normal
course content but also have the opportunity to work in a community-based organization
or nonprofit agency and apply what you learn in class. At the same time you will be
helping to make the world a better place. Students have worked with environmental
organizations, government agencies, hospitals, community coalitions, animal shelters,
and schools. BCC's Got Math? is also a component of the college's Service-Learning Program.
- Students in Business Communications created PowerPoint presentations for local non-profits.
- Engineering and Computer Science students taught elementary school students basic
engineering skills to build and control robots.
- Sociology and Spanish Language students helped organize a multi-cultural community
event for over 400 people.
- Math students tutored elementary school students throughout Berkshire County in math
during the school day and in after school programs.
- Psychology students assisted individuals in gaining life skills in outreach programs
at the Brien Center.
- Environmental Science students performed trail maintenance the BCC's John Lambert
Nature Trail for the college and community to enjoy.
- Criminal Justice students volunteered to mentor teens at at-risk youth programs.
- Spanish students created and taught a Spanish After-School program to 4th and 5th graders which culminated with a performance at the schools' end of the year showcase
Benefits to Students:
- A successful service-learning experience can lead to an excellent reference, internship
or even a job.
- Experience hands on learning outside of the classroom.
- Apply what you learn in class in a real world setting.
- Solve real problems in your community.
- Work with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Explore career possibilities.
- Have fun, discover your strengths and gain new skills.
- Earn recognition, awards or scholarships to further your education.
- Become a BCC Service-Learning Student Leader.
Service Learning...it's about connecting: to your campus, to your community, to your
Special Project Coordinator
Susan B. Anthony Building Room #119
Office Hours: Monday - Friday (9 AM - 5 PM)