Courses & Programs

Service Learning

Service Learning is an educational initiative in which students complete a project in the community that directly relates to the objectives of a course and meets the needs of a community-based organization.

Service Learning works to:
  • Engage students in community-based projects that deepen their understanding of the course content and objectives
  • Give faculty a vehicle for helping students see how theory and text manifest in reality
  • Create a project that benefits the community organization in some ongoing, sustainable way

Faculty Fellows Program

The purpose of this program is to support a faculty member-or a Learning Community who share a course-in developing a new service learning course or redesigning an existing course to incorporate student service to the community. Faculty receive a course reassignment or stipend to develop a service-learning project for a course in a cohort setting. 

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Service Learning Practicum

Service Learning Practicum (SSN 102) is a one-credit course that can be added on to any course with a service-learning component. Faculty receive an added credit to their course load, and students pay for the extra credit.

Questions? Contact:
Lisa Mahon
DON 357
413.552.2369
lmahon@hcc.edu

Service Learning is an educational initiative in which students complete a project in the community that directly relates to the objectives of a course and meets the needs of the community-based organization. A variety of partners and projects have been able to enrich the educational experineces of our students.

Service Learning Community Partners

Projects are created collaboratively with a community partner – any project is possible!

Service-Learning Projects

Some examples of HCC Service Learning projects:

  • An Earth Science course in which students test waters for nitrates and report/present their findings to the Connecticut River Valley Watershed Council
  • An English and human services Learning Community in which students learn about writing as a tool for healing and self-discovery, and then work with teen mothers studying poetry at the Care Center
  • A web design course during which students design new websites for community-based organizations in Holyoke
  • An English and sociology Learning Community on teen pregnancy in which students learn about poetry alongside teen mothers studying at the Care Center, and design an assessment tool for a teen pregnancy prevention program at the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club
  • A robotics course in which students instruct the youth at the Holyoke Boys & Girls Club in the designing, building, and programming of robots
  • A nutrition course in which students create an activity, a healthy recipe, and content for a lesson plan that teaches a nutritional concept to children at the Holyoke and Westfield Boys & Girls Clubs
  • A marketing course in which students break into teams. One team completes a much-needed marketing plan/strategy for developing a new retail store run by Providence Ministries, the other team creates a much-needed survey for the Holyoke YMCA
  • A nursing course in which students partner with the Holyoke Health Center's initiative that links literacy and health under Reach Out & Read
Service Learning Practicum

Service Learning Practicum (SSN 102) is a one-credit course that can be added on to any course with a service-learning component. Faculty receive an added credit to their course load and students pay for the extra credit.

Questions? Contact:
Lisa Mahon
DON 357
413.552.2369
lmahon@hcc.edu


Service Learning at HCC

Service Learning programs bring classrooms to the community.