Civic Honors Service Hours

Civic Honors students are expected to demonstrate civic commitment by volunteering their time and energies to community issues, populations, and organizations—the programs and projects which are most important to their interests, experiences, and goals. At the same time, students are encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding by selecting service opportunities which place them in unfamiliar roles and different types of service. Students must complete 75 hours of community/public service. Listed below are guidelines for selecting service activities.

Approved activities:

  • Direct or indirect service (support, advocacy, fundraising, planning) performed through a community non-profit agency, organization, school, or care facility.
  • Community organizing, such as voter registration.
  • Service-learning hours completed for a JCCC class.
  • Project sponsored by JCCC clubs or organizations for the benefit of the community.
  • Hours completed during the summer or between semesters, if student is enrolled at JCCC.

Not Approved:

  • For-profit businesses
  • Paid employment, or paid internships
  • Required observation, practicum, clinical or internship hours (because the specific requirements in such situations focus on student learning and professional training, with less attention given to service or benefit to the community.
  • Court-mandated community service
  • Activities supervised by or services provided to family members.
  • Independent, unsupervised projects for individuals in their homes, exceptions might include hospice visits, etc.
  • Activities which primarily benefit the sponsoring organization's internal operations rather than community outreach efforts.


  • Students should consult the Civic Honors director or their Civic Honors advisor for a list of approved service sites. We welcome student recommendations and suggestions about sites unfamiliar to us—that is often how our list has grown. Such sites can then be contacted, programs evaluated, and their staff trained. Pre-approval of sites will ensure that service hours will receive credit.
  • Service hours from multi-day service trips will be determined based on recommendation from the trip sponsor. Students should discuss details with their advisor.
  • Students must report service hours, verified by supervisor and accompanied by descriptions of service activities, by the end of the semester in which they were completed. Hours completed between semesters or over the summer should be reported before the end of the next semester.

Civic Honors Service Hours Report (PDF)