What is Service Learning?
CNM's Service Learning has four components:
- Academic coursework
- Service to the community
- Civic Engagement/Responsibility
- A critical reflection component that fosters the synthesis of course objectives with experiential learning
Service Learning projects involve students in:
- Environments which supplement their education
- Opportunities to build workplace skills
- Communication and networking
CNM Service Learning is a national model for colleges and universities and has received awards for its innovative methods of combining academic instruction and civic engagement.
Many higher education professionals recognize Service Learning as an essential dimension of the college learning experience. Research shows that a service learning component improves academic achievement and student retention.
- Hands-on experience in career fields they are considering.
- Education by applying what they are learning in the classroom while meeting real community needs.
- New insights and dimensions for class discussions.
- Highly motivated and engaged students.
Community Agency Benefits
- Service from students.
- The opportunity to educate students in ways that don't happen the classroom.
- Exposure through increased community engagement.
Students also increase their communication and networking skills, their awareness of community needs and projects, and their abilities to apply what they learn in class. They are provided opportunities to become civically engaged in their communities.
Because serving the community is a core part of our institutional mission, Central New Mexico Community College is an ideal location for a Service Learning program.