What if you could make a difference in the community while learning skills you’ll use in your future career? Wayne State College is the perfect setting to do just that, and we call it academic service learning.
Each semester since 2005, more than 400 Wayne State College students have participated in Service-Learning projects under the direction of WSC faculty members. The WSC Service-Learning program promotes, mobilizes, and supports the efforts of the college, united in strengthening academic and co-curricular programs through projects in our communities, state and nation.
Many faculty members include annual projects within their course offerings on campus, coordinating the projects in addition to their day-to-day role in educating college students.
The Wayne State College Service-Learning program promotes, mobilizes and supports the efforts of our institution, united in strengthening our academic and co-curricular programs through Service-Learning in our communities, state and nation.
Academic service learning integrates service in the community with academic study. Faculty, in partnership with representatives of nonprofit, community organizations, design service learning projects based on two main objectives:
- Meeting identified community needs, which helps strengthen the community
- Advancing the students’ understanding of course content
Strong reflective components are built into the course to help students consider relationships between their service, the course curriculum, and its impact on their personal values and professional goals.
Co-curricular Service Learning differs only with regard to a link to course content. It maintains the service to meet a community need and includes strong reflection and evaluation components. Generally these service activities are directed under the leadership of student organizations and groups.”