What Students Say About Service-Learning

What did you like best about Service-Learning?

"Through serving others, I have explored new frontiers, acquired skills, developed flexibility, solidified my values, improved my relationships and valued the frustrating, disappointing, confusing and exhausting times in serving, just as much as I have valued the exciting, challenging, motivating, and rewarding moments."

Academic/Intellectual Development

"Tangible application of theories and ideas”
"I liked learning outside the classroom."
"My service-learning experience will be remembered more vividly and positively than any course I have taken."
"I benefited more in Service-learning than a soon-forgotten paper."
"Books cannot duplicate real-life experience."

Personal Development

"I had no idea the impact Service-learning would have on my life. I realize how one person can make a difference."
"I can no longer imagine my life without some form of service. In visiting with the people that I serve, I not only learned a little of my worth, but of theirs as well."
"I sincerely believe that in some capacity, I can and will, make a difference."
"I discovered 'me'."
"I think the lessons I value most from this experience are what the children have taught me about myself."

Life/Career Decisions

"It is a great opportunity to get you prepared for your expected major."
"Helped me reaffirm my goals"
"It gave me a good look at what being a teacher is all about."
"I have gained 12 extra grandparents and learned that social work is what I want to do."
"I feel like I actually stepped out into the real world."

Social/Community Development

"The opportunity it gave me to see and learn about other people and points of view - to experience it."
"Being in contact with people from diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds"
"I learned about a different community."
"Each person I worked with brought with them great life experiences, and I learned as much as I could."
"I feel like I am an important member in my community."

Civic Responsibility

"I don't believe that we will ever make an impact by just passing another law through Congress. It takes dedicated people who want to make a difference in the community."
"I learned about civic responsibility."
"I learned that we must work together in order to make our communities thrive. Politicians can't change the communities but we can."
"Giving makes a community."
"I helped and they helped me."

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.