Service Learning Program
What is the Service Learning Program?
Service Learning provides students an opportunity to extend their academic learning through practical service experience with a community agency. Through the combination of civic engagement and academic learning, students benefit through the following:
- Enriched learning and application of classroom knowledge.
- Exploration of career/major.
- Broadening awareness of the community and its needs.
- Development of social, ethical, and moral responsibilities.
- Documented experience.
- An opportunity to be acknowledged by the professional community
- Improvement of citizenship, life, self-learning, occupational, and critical thinking skills.
- Enjoyment and an opportunity to make a difference!
Websites:www.servicelearning.org , www.hawaii.edu/servicelearning
Why should I participate in the Service Learning Program?
- Service Learning combines academic/occupational instruction with community service. In the Service Learning Program at the Northern Marianas College, you can earn classroom credits while serving in a variety of agencies and organizations.
- You will develop critical thinking, analytical problem solving, civic and community responsibility, and social and personal growth in a "learn by doing" format and by reflection on your experiences during your project.
The Northern Marianas College inaugurated the Service Learning Program to provide opportunities for students to conduct service activities for the community as part of their academic experience. This program is implemented on college campuses nationwide. Through a small Learn and Serve Grant from the National Corporation for Service, our program was inaugurated in January 2001. Following completion of our Service Learning requirements, you will earn a certificate for serving your community while learning your academic coursework.
How do I participate in NMC's Service Learning Program?
To participate in NMC's Service Learning Program, you must:
- Enroll in a course offering service learning as an assignment, requirement, or extra credit.
- Register at the Career Center.
- Be interviewed for your service learning assignment.
- Return all appropriate forms to your instructor and Service Learning Coordinator.
- Complete required coursework and Service Learning Program requirements. A minimum of 20 hours of contribution to the community service/field service learning per semester.
What does the Service Learning Program do?
- Connect students and Community Partners; follow up on service activities; provide support.
- Prepare individualized program name tags for students to wear while on site.
- Offer opportunities to reflect on the knowledge/skills gained through the service experience.
- Conduct Service-Learning Recognition and kickoff events each semester, recognizing students, faculty, and community partners for their contributions.
STUDENTS IN SERVICE:
What is Students in Service (SIS)?
The Students in Service program is a part-time AmeriCorps program that encourages and supports college and university students to enroll as part-time AmeriCorps members who provide valuable service in their communities. SIS members make a difference in their communities, gain valuable civic and workforce skills, and upon completion of their term of service, earn an education award.
By participating in the Students in Service program, the member becomes a part of the AmeriCorps national service network that improves lives and strengthens communities throughout the United States of America.
Students in Service Program Goals:
- To increase the number of college student volunteers and service learners
- To help disadvantaged youth succeed and advance along the academic continuum
- To develop members' and students' civic skills, attitudes, and habits
- To improve members' and students' workforce skills
The purpose of the Students in Service program is to meet critical community needs by engaging higher education students in service as part-time AmeriCorps members and fostering within them an ethic of civic responsibility. Through the program, student members are introduced to local, regional, and national service-learning opportunities, resulting in a regional network of student leaders committed to serving and strengthening their local communities. Student members serve in partnership with schools and community-based organizations in the areas of education, human services, the environment, public safety, and community development. With tuition costs rising, the education award earned upon successful completion of the program makes service a viable opportunity for students with financial need.
The Students in Service program offers each student member the opportunity to choose one of three terms of service (essentially, the number of hours s/he agrees to serve). Upon successful completion of a term of service, members are eligible to receive an Education Award (scholarship), which can be applied towards outstanding federal student loans or the cost of attendance at a college or university.
The Education Award amount varies, depending on the term of service:
300 Hour Term of Service = $ 1,000.00 Education Award (scholarship)
450 Hour Term of Service = $ 1,250.00 Education Award (scholarship)
900 Hour Term of Service = $ 2,362.50 Education Award (scholarship)
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