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How Service Learning Works

How Service Learning Works

Service Learning coursework can be project centered, portfolio based, incorporate journaling, be reflective in nature, or consist of a single assignment with any of the following requirements: paper writing, group presentations, reflective essay questions, or extra credit assignments.  Students must be able to provide their own transportation to a community partner site and perform the assigned tasks and duties related to the course curriculum.  A student’s Service Learning experience may include:

  • Enrolling in a class with a Service Learning component
  • Pursuing an individualized Service Learning track
  • Being a part of a student club completing Service Learning
  • Completing a Service Learning experience as a part of a graduation requirement
  • Completing an application, liability contract and background check
  • Committing to 10 hours of service per semester or more
  • Preparing a reflective paper, presentation or portfolio on the Service Learning experience
  • Checking in with the community organization, class instructor and NHCC’s Service Learning Office in CBT 137
  • Hours being completed for a grade or requirement are tracked electronically via secure log in by NHCC community partners 

 

Classroom Service Learning

  • Attend a classroom presentation where the Service Learning program is reviewed and options are highlighted.
  • Complete a liability contract which enrolls you into the Service Learning program.
  • Review the Service Learning partner’s link under the Service Learning section of the NHCC website.
  • Complete the community partner’s signup process.  EXAMPLE: online or written application, emailing your interest or directly calling the volunteer coordinator.
  • Follow your partner’s procedure.  This may include on-site orientation, personal interviews, or informational sessions.
  • Once the community partner informs you of your acceptance to their volunteer program, notify Troy Nellis at: tnellis@nhcc.edu and your instructor of your placement.
  • Your hours will be electronically tracked by the community partner using a secure log in to document your hours and a description of your duties; this will be viewable by your faculty member once the hours are recorded at Verify Service Learning Hours .
  • Download the activity log on the Service Learning home page, it is strongly recommended that you keep a separate written documentation of your hours.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your community partner.  Please be respectful and responsible so that future NHCC students will be valued and sought out by our community partners.
  • If you are unsure of which community partner to work with download and complete the student interest questionnaire on the Service Learning home page and make an appointment with Troy Nellis, Director of Service Learning by calling 763-424-0758.  Please allow 48hrs for return calls.  For immediate scheduling please stop by the Business Department front desk in the CBT building.


    Individualized Service-Learning 

  • Are your classes not providing the service opportunity you’re looking for?
  • If you are interested in doing service learning for personal, educational or occupational reasons, improving your skill sets, being more competitive for scholarships, to complete admission requirements or to practice civic engagement and altruism we can help.
  • Complete the student interest questionnaire on the Service Learning home page and make an appointment with Troy Nellis, Director of Service Learning by calling 763-424-0758. Please allow 48hrs for return calls. For immediate scheduling please stop by the Business Office in the CBT Building.
  • Personal, educational and occupational goals will be reviewed to map out an approach that works for you!

Student Club Service Learning

  • Do you need to complete service learning for club requirements?
  • Contact Troy Nellis, Director of Service Learning and ask for him to attend your club meeting!
  • Options for groups will be reviewed, to help place your club with any of our community partners. There are numerous one-time events, project centered opportunities, or volunteer options that could match the mission, vision, and purpose of your club. There may also be additional opportunities for your club to fundraise in conjunction with our community partners.
  • To have Troy visit your club call 763-424-0758. Please allow 48hrs for return calls. For immediate scheduling please stop by the Business Department in CBT Building.

Service Learning for Nursing students

  • Review NHCC’s community partner list.
  • Complete a liability contract which enrolls you in the Service Learning program.
  • Complete the process for the partner of your choice, this may be an online or written application, emailing your interest or directly calling the volunteer coordinator to express your interest.
  • Follow the partner’s procedure. This may include on site orientation, personal interviews or informational sessions.
  • Once the community partner informs you of your acceptance to their volunteer program,  notify Troy Nellis: tnellis@nhcc.edu and your instructor of your placement.
  • Your hours will be electronically tracked by the community partner using a secure log in to document your hours and a description of your duties; this will be viewable by your faculty member once the hours are recorded.
  • Download the activity log on the Service Learning home page, it is strongly recommended that you keep a separate written documentation of your hours.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your community partner.  Please be respectful and responsible so that future NHCC students will be valued and desired by our community partners.
  • If you are unsure of which community partner to work with download and complete the student interest questionnaire on the Service Learning home page and make an appointment with Troy Nellis, Director of Service Learning by calling 763-424-0758.  Please allow 48hrs for return calls.  For immediate scheduling please stop by the Business Department front desk in the CBT building.
  • Your Service Learning experience should be connected to either helping people or a health related experience, in particular review: medical facilities, senior care facilities, health disability advocates, chemical dependency organizations, mental health organizations or nursing organizations.
  • Please do not select a site that is not one of our community partners.  If none of the NHCC community partner options will work, please contact Troy Nellis with written documentation of your rationale, reasons, and what you are proposing as a potential alternative.  Your proposal will be considered and reviewed by the Nursing and Service Learning Departments.  Failure to do so will result in no credit.
  • Please do not select a site that you are already working with or employee by.