Planning Your Service-Learning Experience

Review the JCCC Service-Learning community services sites list (PDF). Discuss options with your instructor and contact the Service-Learning interim director, Mary Smith.

Planning for your Service-Learning Activities

The following suggestions may help you:

  1. Get more out of your Service-Learning experience
  2. Organize and analyze your experiences
  3. Prepare for the reflection assignments required by your instructor

Define your objectives.

For Service:

  • What do intend do? Whom do you intend to assist?
  • How will you do this? Where? What methods will you use?

For Learning:

  • What knowledge/understanding do you wish to gain?
  • Gaining knowledge implies acquisition of information, facts, concepts, theories or ideas. Gaining understanding implies an ability to apply this information to problem-solving, critical thinking, recognizing patterns and relationship, and to extend learning beyond information acquisition.
  • What skills do you wish to develop?
  • Gaining skills implies the increased ability to do some activity or task. Skills improve with use and practice. Results are observable.
  • What attitudes/value do you wish to formulate or clarify?

Consider your expectations.

  • What are your assumptions about the people with whom you will be working or the problem you will be addressing?
  • How will community members respond to you - or you to them?

Keep a journal or log.

  • It may be a useful way of keeping track of the things you are learning and the kind of service you are providing. Take a few minutes at the end of each service assignment to write down events, questions, and insights. (You may find your early entries particularly interesting at the end of the semester as a record of your development - academically, personally, and within the community.)

Review the outcomes of your activities and experience.

  • What was accomplished? What changes took place for you, for individual service recipients and for the community at large?

Ask yourself these questions:

  • What did you do?
  • So what? What was the significance of your activities?
  • Now what? What's next? What are the future implications for you and the community?

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.