Academic Community Engagement

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Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I may remember. Involve me and I will learn.     
                                                                                                  — Benjamin Franklin

Service-learning combines civic engagement with academic coursework in a way that benefits both the student and the community. At MCC, students participate in service projects that are tied to courses in English,  criminal justice, sociology, marketing, business, art and other disciplines.

The mission of service learning is to  facilitate student academic learning through meaningful service experiences, which encourage and enable MCC faculty and students to positively impact the community. The Service Learning Program seeks to bring campus and community together in partnership to share resources, meet real community needs, and help to educate our students to become the change agents of tomorrow.

Goals

  • To match students’ interests with appropriate sites and projects for community service and service learning
  • To assist faculty on how to incorporate community service and service learning educational components into their classes
  • To build meaningful connections with community partners and service opportunities for MCC students, faculty and staff

“College students who participate in civic engagement learning activities not only earn higher grade point averages but also have higher retention rates and are more likely to complete their college degree. They also demonstrate improved academic content knowledge, critical thinking skills, written and verbal communication, and leadership skills. Moreover, these students show increased interest in becoming personally and professionally involved in future community enhancement projects.”
Source: Cress, Burack, Dwight, Elkins & Carns Stevens, Connecticut Campus Compact

BENEFITS

For Students

  • Brings academic instruction to life
  • Prepares individuals to participate in internships and research
  • Allows exploration of career options
  • Teaches workforce skills
  • Provides opportunities to accommodate different learning styles
  • Develops connections with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles
  • Develops meaningful involvement with the local community

For the Community

  • Provides awareness-building of community issues, agencies, and constituents
  • Provides affordable access to professional development
  • Develops short and long term solutions to pressing community needs
  • Creates ways to expand current services
  • Increases human resources for problem solving
  • Provides opportunities for participating in the educational process
  • Contributes to positive exposure in the community

For the College

  • Furthers the goals of Monroe Community College’s strategic plan
  • Drives the college as an active, engaged partner in the community
  • Facilitates teaching, research and program development
  • Increases student retention
  • Enriches the quality and relevancy of the education provided
  • Allows for faculty to mentor students
  • Increases College’s awareness of societal issues as they relate to academic areas of Interest
  • Assists in the development of innovative approaches to instruction
  • Provides opportunities for collaborative community research and project development
  • Engages faculty and students in local and state community issues
  • Provides opportunities to extend College’s knowledge and resources
  • Increases development and preparation of college graduates

Contact Information

Meghan Finley
ACE Program Coordinator and Instructor of Sociology
860-512-2758

Maria Koistinen
Educational Assistant
860-512-2783