Wayne State College


What if you could make a difference in the community while learning skills you’ll use in your future career? WSC is the perfect setting to do just that, and we call it Service-Learning.

Making a Difference

Each semester, hundreds of Wayne State College students make a difference in our community by participating in Service-Learning projects, contributing nearly $250,000 per year to the region in community service. For these services, Wayne State College has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll each year since 2010. We are one of only six colleges in Nebraska to be named to the Honor Roll in any category.

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

One of Only Six Colleges in Nebraska

President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

Corporation for National and Community Service; U.S. Department of Education

How to Get Involved

There are two types of Service-Learning at WSC.

1. ACADEMIC SERVICE-LEARNING: This type of service integrates service in the community with academic study. Faculty design projects based on meeting identified community needs and advancing students' understanding of course content.

2. CO-CURRICULAR SERVICE-LEARNING: Co-curricular service is usually directed under the leadership of student organizations and groups. It meets a community need, but it is not for a specific academic course.

For students and faculty: Get information for service projects, including grant proposal information and supplementary links. Learn More

The Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award

The Ron Holt Civic Engagement Award provides a $500 gift, trophy, and graduation recognition to a graduating Wayne State senior who, while in college, has served as an exemplary role model and contributed to the service ethos of the college campus and community at large. A variety of service and leadership activities are considered but must include at least one Service-Learning academic or co-curricular project, placement, or event.


Award Information

Breann Sweeney

"I enjoyed participating in the Head Start service-learning project because it gave me the opportunity to apply some of what I am learning in my classes at WSC to a practical situation that benefitted the community partner."


Breann Sweeney

Major: Elementary Education


Learn more about service-learning projects



Lisa Nelson, Director of Service-Learning
[email protected]

Dr. Jean Karlen Emeritus, Service-Learning Consultant
[email protected]


Advisory Committee Members
Buffany DeBoer, Instructor, Biology
Dr. Laura Dendinger, Professor, Business
Dr. Barbara Engebretsen, Professor, Exercise Science
Dr. Jean Karlen, Professor Emeritus, Sociology
Dr. Jason Karsky, Professor, Criminal Justice
Dr. Pam Langlie-Willers, Professor, Applied Science
Josh Piersanti, Associate Professor, Art