Johnson County Community College

Service Learning Initiatives Help Students & Community

Student demonstrates prairie fire burning.

In addition to working closely with the Community Based Learning advisory board, Center for Sustainability staff help students and faculty who need service-learning opportunities. By working with local government and area organizations, our students have logged thousands of hours of service in support of local, national and international efforts.

Campus Participation

Students can find much to do on the JCCC campus, including:

  • Participating in litter cleanups across campus
  • Volunteering in the JCCC on-campus food pantry
  • Organizing and working a clothing swap
  • Planting trees bought with money from grants and donations
  • Heading up recycling and composting efforts

Are you a faculty member or student looking for a service-learning opportunity for your classes? We’d love to help.

International Assistance

Groups from across JCCC and the international group Stop Hunger Now partner to provide nutritious, shelf-stable meals for communities around the world.

The college also helps organize an important service-learning trip to Las Pintas, near Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Las Pintas Solar Experience, which started in 2013, takes JCCC students on an international service trip to Las Pintas, a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico. Students work alongside residents to install solar water heaters on homes in the Santa Rosa neighborhood of Las Pintas. Each recipient of a solar water system is responsible for teaching five other families how to build their own systems, thus promoting the spread of skills and awareness for sustainability throughout the community.

Dates
Exact travel dates will depend on flight cost, availability and other factors. Trips usually take place during May.

Cost
Thanks to sponsorship by the Student Sustainability Committee, the cost for participating in the Las Pintas Solar Experience is kept to a minimum of approximately $200 per person. The trip includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation, solar thermal materials and equipment, and most meals.

Participation
JCCC students from all areas of study or experience level are welcome to apply for the opportunity to participate in the Las Pintas Solar Experience. To do so they must either:

    1. be a JCCC student currently or formerly enrolled in EPRM 142 Solar Thermal Systems (if a past EPRM 142 student, you must still be enrolled as a JCCC student), OR
    2. attend BOTH of two Solar Thermal workshops held in early spring. 

Workshop admission is limited to 15 students, who will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis pending the acceptance of their applications. A waiting list will be created, and dropouts may forfeit refund of their trip fee. The trip is limited to 10 students, and participation will depend on effort, follow-through and commitment of students.

For either option above, complete the application for Las Pintas PDF and submit it to Dan Eberle, associate professor, Energy Performance and Resource Management. Contact Dan if you have questions regarding this experience.  

For additional information about student projects and funding, refer to the Student Sustainability Committee on this website.