Service-Learning Benefits

Since the program began in the fall of 1993, over 7,500 students have provided over 100,000 hours of service at over 100 community sites in the metropolitan Kansas City area. The positive response of students, instructors, and community members alike affirms the goals of the program and contributes to its long-term success. Student volunteers consistently report increased self-confidence, empowerment, achievement, and a greater understanding of diverse and often unfamiliar segments of the community, frequently expressed in the statement, "I CAN make a difference." Service-learning experiences contribute to students' total, balanced education and to their ability to become informed, lifelong participants in the community.

All participants have much to gain and much to give in this program.

  • Students develop intellectual, personal, career, and civic skills and assume a more active role in their education.
  • Instructors are often better able to reach and engage an increasingly diverse student population and reenergize their teaching. Colleges form closer ties to the community, thus enabling them to assess community needs and design responsive programs which enhance institutional effectiveness, quality, and accountability.
  • Communities are able to expand public education efforts and to develop a pool of skilled, informed volunteers capable of addressing the problems of today and the future.

Beyond the Grade: Service-Learning Experiences Can Help You With Career/Life Decisions and Preparations

Service-Learning experiences will give you opportunities to acquire knowledge and practice skills that are transferable to other situations in your personal, professional, and community life.

Remember to think about what you did and what you learned—about the work you did, about the people you met, about the situations you encountered, and about your own strength, values, and preferences. Use new insights to guide your career and life decisions. Identify and articulate your accomplishments. Just because you didn’t get paycheck doesn’t mean that you can’t lit your achievements on a resume.

You can:

Test career choices: confirm your choices or go in a new direction.

"It gave me the chance to determine if my chosen field suits me."

Apply classroom theory to real-world situations.

"Books cannot duplicate real-life experience."

Experience personal growth (integrity, responsibility, leadership, critical thinking, decision-making) though new challenges and opportunities.

"I discovered me."

Improve interpersonal skills (teamwork, problem solving, written and oral communication, diversity).

"I got a good look at what being a teacher is all about."

Get out of your comfort zone—broaden your background and experience.

"The opportunity to experience, see and learn about other people and their points of view was so valuable."

Learn about different work environments; gain relevant work experience.

"It is a great opportunity to get you prepared for your expected major."

Learn about different work environments; gain relevant work experience.

"It is a great opportunity to get you prepared for your expected major."

Challenge stereotypes and/or assumptions.

"It is showed me and taught a lot about others who aren’t like me…and changed my view of the community."

Develop civic skills and values.

"I’ve learned that we must work together in order to make our communities thrive."

Civic Honors

Civic Honors Graduates with Dr. Calaway

If you like service-learning, check out civic honors.

Service Learning Stories

Teaching Nutrition
Think it’s impossible to eat healthy on a budget? Amber Janes, student in Johnson County Community College’s dietary manager certificate program, would beg to differ.

Anna Page

Campus Compact Fellow
When Anna Page was named a Kansas Campus Compact faculty fellow, she set two goals for herself: strengthen community ties for service learning and combat hunger in whatever concrete ways she could.

Nursing Team in Uganda

Service learning expands to Uganda
For the past two years, nursing students from JCCC have completed a three-week medical mission at St. Mary’s Hospital Lacor (pronounced Latch-o) in the Gulu district of northern Uganda.

Honorable Reagan Okumu

Finding more ways to help
Expanding service learning opportunities in northern Uganda was the purpose of a recent visit by the Honorable Reagan Okumu, a legislator for the Gulu district.

Jeremy Higgins

Using talents, making a difference
Johnson County, with its affluence and opportunity, is worlds away from the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota.

Jorden Henderson

Unbridled passion
A personal passion Jorden Henderson discovered while participating in the Civic Honors program at JCCC led her to North Dakota State University to pursue a degree in equine science with a minor in therapeutic horsemanship.

Food Pantry

JCCC fights hunger
Johnson County Community College students and employees are fighting hunger this semester with a pair of efforts that attack the problem both globally and locally.

Dan Eberle

Harnessing the power of the sun
You might say that Dan Eberle got into hot water when he and a group of six students visited Mexico this spring.

Citizen Diplomacy

JCCC honored for citizen diplomacy
JCCC has been selected by the Higher Education Task Force and U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy as one of 10 U.S. colleges and universities that serves as an outstanding example of how to engage Americans in citizen diplomacy and address the major global challenges of the 21st century.