The service-learning program is offered through the Engaged Learning Office within Academic Affairs at SLCC. The program is recognized for best practices in faculty development and student engagement. The program provides a supportive infrastructure as well as professional development and mentoring for faculty that facilitates the involvement of all stakeholders in a collaborative teaching and learning process. The program also supports the assessment efforts of our General Education Civic Literacy student learning outcome.

Service-learning enhances course learning outcomes and student engagement while also addressing community-identified needs. Service-learning incorporates critical reflective thinking and civic engagement into academic coursework by means of integrating service opportunities with nonprofit, governmental, and/or educational community partners. Service-learning involves students in activities that attend to local needs while developing their academic skills, increasing their subject matter knowledge, and commitment to their communities. Service-learning commonly intersects with other High-Impact Practices.

Service-Learning Grant & Designation Program

The Service-Learning Grant & Designation (SLG&D) program seeks proposals to develop new and modified service-learning courses, Engaged Department/program designations, and civic faculty fellows. Funding is awarded to offset the cost or time that it takes to implement your ideas and projects! Existing course reviews also occur. The SLG&D program has several categories:

  • Individual Course Designation – up to $1,000

    Service-learning course designation offers funding directly to full-time and adjunct faculty to help them integrate service-learning class pedagogy in their class. Integrate service into course curriculum and work with community partners to engage students outside of the classroom through service.

  • Existing Designated Course Review

    Courses that are designated undergo a formal review periodically. Faculty submit their syllabus and supplemental material for review. Funding is provided based on availability.

  • Civic Faculty Fellows – up to $2,000

    Faculty Fellows is a distinction for civic minded faculty members who strive to promote high-impact practice (such as service-learning), boost department efforts to become more engaged and/or increase community engagement efforts across the college. Stipends are available to support projects!

  • Engaged Department Designation – up to $5,000

    Department Designation takes course designation to the next level by helping the department as a whole increase their civic engagement efforts. Funding is available for resources, professional development, department retreats to facilitate action plans and more.

The Engaged Learning Office is here to support your community-based work. We will work with you to designate your class as a service-learning course, help you form community partnerships through the Thayne Center, brainstorm critical reflection prompts, anything that will engage your students and colleagues in exciting and experiential ways. We also offer a number of professional development opportunities so that you can stay current in the service-learning field.


Fall Deadlines

  • First Tuesday of September, October, and November – Proposal Deadlines
  • Awards announced on a rolling basis
  • Designated courses taught the following spring semester

Spring Deadlines

  • First Tuesday of February, March and April – Proposal Deadlines
  • Awards announced on a rolling basis
  • Designated courses taught the following fall semester

Summer Deadlines

  • Third Tuesday in June – Proposal Deadline
  • Awards announced on a rolling basis
  • Designated courses taught the following fall semester

There are also resources for your general community engagement work. Check out our guide for community engagement best practices.

Engaged Learning Celebration

The celebration will highlight student tuition waiver recipients. Join us as we hear about the accomplishments of service-learning students and ePortfolio as well as from amazing keynote speakers. Enjoy food, coffee, fun, and an exciting program that explores stories about service, reflection, and the power of education. We hope to see you there! Contact us for current information. Student can apply for tuition waivers on-line.

Faculty Trainings

Service-Learning Professional Development Series

Service-Learning is a high-impact practice that enhances student engagement and retention while also addressing relevant social issues. Completion of the entire online course (15 hours) will result in the creation of content for a Service-Learning Grant & Designation new course proposal. Register via employee training.

Civic Literacy Student Learning Outcomes Workshop

Involve your students in critical social issues relevant to your discipline! This content is for faculty currently using service-learning pedagogy or those generally incorporating community engagement as an experiential teaching strategy. Learn about the Civic Literacy Student Learning Outcome (CLSLO) resources at SLCC, which include a rubric and reflection prompts. Become familiar with SLCC’s efforts to assess this learning outcome. Several opportunities exist. Register via employee training for in-person sessions or online content. Facilitator: Lucy Smith.

Option 1:

Participate in a self-directed online course in Canvas and analyze the connections between the CLSLO and your class using the assessment rubric to improve the alignment.

Option 2:

Join a virtual, interactive workshop and dive into the CLSLO resources created while also devising strategies for curricular integration. Facilitators: Dan Poole, Emily Putnam, Gabe Byers, Lucy Smith, Rosio Suarez, Mikaela Mokofisi

Community Partner Site Visits

Discover some of SLCC’s most committed partners! Travel to various community partner organizations to learn about the critical social issues that they address. Check out facilities and explore service opportunities as well as potential collaborations for the integration of service in academics. Optional transportation from the SLCC Redwood campus is offered. The schedule includes two partner sites per session. Choose from any or all the following dates. Register via employee training. Facilitator: Lucy Smith.

Engaged Department and Service-Learning Workshops

Engage with the community! The Service-Learning Grant & Designation (SLG&D) program funds individual service-learning course designations, Engaged Departments, and civic faculty fellows. There are rolling deadlines fall and spring semesters for amounts from $500-$5,000.

Engaged Faculty Institute

Gain a deeper understanding of how to integrate civic responsibility in the academic curriculum at the Engaged Faculty Institute event.

Designated Service-Learning Classes

Service-Learning Student Project Fund Request for Proposals

The Service-Learning Student Project Fund (SLSPF) is for students enrolled in service-learning classes and select other programs, as managed by the Engaged Learning Program. These students may request funding to offset costs directly related to their service-learning projects.

For more specifics about SLSPF, please review the SLSPF policy.

Volunteer Opportunities