Service-Learning Students Collect Soil Samples


What is Service-Learning?

"Service-learning is education in action, developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, taking on real issues such as hunger, homelessness, and diversity, and valuing people of all ages as citizens with talents to offer." (

Courses with a service-learning component may be some of the most meaningful courses of your academic career. These courses offer you a chance to apply your conceptual knowledge to a real-work situation and see first-hand how your education will better prepare you to improve your community and our world.


Benefits of Service-Learning 

Service-learning courses give you the opportunity to take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to make a difference. Service-learning provides real world experiences that help develop leadership skills, foster professional development, appreciate diversity, and provide opportunities for increased understanding of course material.

  • Gain applicable skills and knowledge.

  • Develop leadership skills.

  • Explore a career or field of study.

  • Feel prepared in your field of study and ready to succeed in an internship, entry-level position, or graduate school.

  • Develop real-world experience and skills employers are looking for such as verbal and written communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, prioritizing, research and analytical skills.

  • Build a commitment to service and life-long learning.


Service-Learning Orientation Powerpoint

Did a member of the VSLC give an orientation to your class about service-learning? Would you like a refresher on the information and material we presented?  Access the Service-Learning Orientation Powerpoint now!

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