WCC's Service-Learning Program is here for you, providing benefits aplenty. Aside from being fun, here are a few reasons to get involved:
- Vamp up your resume, job applications, and scholarships
- Earn an honors cord for service to the community
- Explore career possibilities, network, build job skills
- Connect course material and real-world issues
- Meet new people and learn more about your community
- Interact with people from diverse backgrounds
- Address real community needs and make a difference
- Grow your leadership
- Build civic responsibility
- Put your newfound knowledge to use
Click on the drop-down tabs below for information and resources on service-learning.
WCC's Service-Learning Program creates and supports opportunities for students to make a difference in the community through volunteerism while meeting their academic and career goals through classes, a student club, and campus service events.
Sounds like volunteering...
Service-Learning is more than simply volunteering. It is hands-on, real-world learning that answers the “so what” and “now what” of classroom concepts. Reflection is what connects the service and the learning, and it takes the experience a step beyond volunteerism.
Are other students doing it?
How can I get in on the fun?
1. Take a class that offers service-learning
- Example: Nutrition students do service-learning with the Food Bank Farm, planting, weeding, harvesting, washing, etc. while learning about the importance of fresh produce and nutrition for low-income families in need.
2. Join the SLC (Service-Learning Club)
- Example: The service-learning club did service-learning with Sean Humphrey House, an organization that provides housing for low-income adults with HIV/AIDS. The club helped out in the garden, contributing to their value of home life, and they interacted with the residents. The students reflected on their own thoughts and experiences surrounding individuals with HIV/AIDS before and after the experience.
3. Partake in one-time service events, like Make a Difference Day (October), MLK Day (January), and Earth Day (April)
- Example: WCC students and friends did service-learning for an Earth Day celebration event, volunteering with NSEA and Whatcom Land Trust planting hundreds of native trees while learning about the importance of salmon to the local habitat.
Several instructors at WCC have implemented service-learning components into their courses, enabling students to affect real community change while fulfilling course requirements. Check back regularly, as courses and quarters offered are subject to change, and courses are continually being added.
|ANTH 200||Introduction to Language||Dominique Coulet du Gard||W|
|ANTH 206||Cultural Anthropology||Dominique Coulet du Gard||F, Sp|
|BIOL 103||The Biological World||Doreen Dewell
|BIOL 160||General Biology||Kirsten McDade||F, W, Sp|
|BIOL 160||General Biology||Eli Loomis||Sp|
|CMST 102||Introduction to Mass Media||Martha Hagan||F, W, Sp|
|ECON 100||Survey of Economic Principles||Meyyappan Kumar||F, W, Sp|
|EDUC 202||Introduction to Education||Debra Seabury||F, W, Sp|
|ENGL 101||English Composition I||Wendy Borgesen||F, W, Sp|
|ENGL 102||English Composition II||Gretchen Coulter||Sp|
|ENVS 100||Survey of Environmental Science||Debra Lancaster||F, W|
|ENVS 100||Survey of Environmental Science||Doreen Dewell||Sp, Su|
|ENVS 100||Survey of Environmental Science||Eli Loomis||F, W, Sp|
|ESLA 050||English Oral Communication||John Toof||F, W, Sp|
|ESLA 085||English in the Community||Karen Stuen||W|
|HIST 148||US History III||Anna Booker||F, Sp|
|IDS 210||Science/Economics/Politics - Sustainable Resources||Ron Correll||W, Sp|
|MA 113||Introduction to Medical Computing||Mary Mele||F, W, Sp|
|NUTR 101||Introduction to Nutrition||Laurie Gill||F, Sp, Su|
|OCEA 101||Introduction to Oceanography||Doug McKeever||F, Sp|
|OFFAD105||Records Management||David Evraets||F, W, Sp|
|OFFAD150||Office Procedures||David Evraets||F, W, Sp|
|OFFAD160||Office Management||David Evraets||F, W, Sp|
|PHYS 109||Energy: Use and Consequences||Tran Phung||F, Sp|
|PHYS 112||Environmental Physics||David Kern||F, Sp|
|PSYC 100||General Psychology||Laura Overstreet
|PSYC 100||General Psychology||Kristin Conley||W, Sp|
|PSYC 200||Lifespan Psychology||Laura Overstreet||Sp|
|PSYC 200||Lifespan Psychology||Kristin Conley||F, Sp|
|PSYC 211||Social Psychology||Carol Wilkinson||F, W|
|PSYC 220||Abnormal Psychology||Bob Riesenberg||F, W|
|PSYC 240||Environmental Issues and Human Behavior||Bob Riesenberg||F, Sp|
|SPAN 121||Spanish I||Angela Enderberg||F, W|
|SPAN 122||Spanish II||Angela Enderberg||F, W, Sp|
|SPAN 123||Spanish III||Angela Enderberg||Sp|
|SPAN 295||Spanish Honors Program Seminar||Angela Enderberg||Sp|
Search for service-learning opportunities with our partner nonprofit organizations. Organizations and opportunities are categorized by topic. After finding an opportunity that sounds appealing and meets your learning goals, contact the organization and indicate that you are a service-learning student from WCC. Opportunities are subject to change, so it is important to contact the organization first.
Are you currently participating in service-learning through a WCC class? Here are the forms you will need:
- The Participant Form is due to your instructor before you begin your service. This form addresses accountability and lets us know where you are serving.
- The Time Log is due to your instructor after your service is complete. Use this form to track your hours during your service. A community site supervisor signature is required. This form allows us to track your hours in our system, which increases your eligibility for Honors Cords for Service to the Community.
Did you complete service-learning for a class this quarter? Click on the link below to be redirected to the end-of-quarter class evaluation.
Want to do service outside the classroom, make a difference and meet new people? Join the club! The Service-Learning Club (SLC) organizes monthly service events based on the interests of the club members and the needs of the community. Possible service locations include YMCA, Bellingham Food Bank Farm, and Habitat for Humanity.
Visit the CLUB PAGE for more information.
All WCC students are invited to participate in one-time quarterly service events, which are celebrated on national days of service.
- Make a Difference Day is October 27, 2012.
- Every year, Make a Difference Day is sponsored by the Whatcom Volunteer Center and includes various volunteer opportunities around the county. This year students chose to volunteer with Camp Lutherwood. View pictures.
- Martin Luther King Day of Service is January 21, 2013.
This year's MLK Day started off with a community breakfast followed by a Poverty Action March downtown, which was centered on MLK's message of equal opportunity and economic justice. Students also helped collect donations for the Essential Needs Drive. After the march, students participated in service projects with two Boys and Girls Clubs in Lummi and Blaine, and with the Chore Program. View pictures and read the Horizon review of the event.
- Earth Day is April 22, 2013.
Last year service-learning students volunteered with NSEA, Whatcom Land Trust, and community volunteers for an Earth Day celebration. Together, we planted 600 native trees along the Nooksack River. We learned about the importance of native trees and the benefits to the surrounding habitat. View pictures.
- Check out the EVENTS PAGE for additional monthly service events.
- Join the email list to receive updates about these events and more.
2. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the service-learning email list to hear about upcoming service-learning opportunities on campus and in the community.
3. Sign up for the monthly volunteer newsletter to find out about upcoming opportunities to volunteer in the community.
For questions regarding service-learning, contact Kristine Smith, Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator, at email@example.com, (360) 383-3072, or stop by Kulshan 107.