Academic service-learning at SLCC is nationally recognized for best practices in faculty development, student engagement, and community partner development. The program is fully institutionalized, provides a supportive infrastructure, and facilitates the involvement of all stakeholders in a collaborative learning process.


Service-learning is an academic pedagogy, a hands-on method of teaching and learning. Volunteer opportunities, critical reflective thinking, and partnerships with nonprofit organizations are integrated into academic coursework. Through thesepartnerships, students and nonprofits address both course learning outcomes and issues facing our community. Faculty involvedin our service-learning program receive training and technical assistance, as well as structured opportunities for networking andprofessional development.

The Thayne Center is here to support your community-based work in any way that we can. We will work with you to designate your class as a service-learning course, help you form community partnerships, brainstorm possible critical reflection assignments, anything that will engage your students with your curriculum in new and exciting ways. We also offer a number of professional development opportunities, so that you can stay current and active in the service-learning field. Contact us for more information, or use the links below to explore the possibilities.

The Thayne Center's Service-Learning Grant & Designation program (SLG&D) seeks proposals for the development of new service-learning courses, the modification of existing service-learning courses and/or departments seeking an Engaged Department/program designation.

Check out this example of Engaged Department Work!

Service-Learning Mixers

Join us for our Service-Learning mixers! Enjoy refreshments, network with other faculty and community partners. Discover why service-learning is a high- impact practice. Discuss how to incorporate service in your academic curriculum and how to utilize the community as a living text.

Service-Learning Professional Development Series

Service-Learning Professional Development Series (SLPDS) is a hybrid professional development course for PT/FT faculty and administrators. The course provides an introduction to service-learning pedagogy. Faculty and administrators will benefit from the course because they will gain an understanding of service-learning as a cutting-edge teaching methodology and will learn how to integrate it into their classroom, department and/or program. Discover why this experiential teaching method is considered a high-impact practice by the American Association of Community Colleges.

Service-Learning and Engaged Department Guides

Two guides have been developed to provide academic departments and faculty with assistance and resources for their community engagement efforts. The service-learning guide supports faculty to learn about about and stay active in the pedagogy of service-learning, designate a service-learning course, form and maintain community partnership, and involve students with curriculum in civic engagement. The engaged department guide helps departments identify the components of an engaged department, measure capacity of community engagement and service-learning, and support the overall integration of community engagement into departmental mission, climate and culture.

Community Partner Speed Dating

Enjoy refreshments with community partners, students, faculty, and administrators. Gain resources for your course, department, or program, build your network, and discover service opportunities. Whether you are new to service-learning, a long-term practitioner, administrator or student, this event is for you!

Designated Service-Learning Classes

See our list of SLCC designated service-learning classes in a wide variety of disciplines, from Math to English, Nursing to History.

Service-Learning Student Project Fund Request for Proposals

The Service-Learning Student Project Fund (SLSPF) is designated for students enrolled in designated service-learning classes and select other programs, as managed by the Thayne Center for Service & Learning. These students may request funding to offset costs directly related to their service-learning projects. We encourage students to be creative when planning a project. Explore the wide range of possibilities. Think big and submit a proposal now. Once projects are complete, students will also need to complete a final report.

Engaged Learning & ePortfolio Celebration

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of service-learning students and student leaders across the college. The showcase will highlight service-learning and community engagement projects. Enjoy food, coffee, fun, and an exciting program that explores stories about service.

Volunteer Opportunities