Combine classwork with real-world experiences and increase your understanding of yourself

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Students Who Serve...

  • Rethink how they learn and why they value their education
  • Become involved in their communities by helping to identify and solve problems
  • Learn about our increasingly varied and changing world
  • Develop resourcefulness, a stronger inner self, and a clearer sense of personal identity
  • Become active learners rather than passive learners
  • Understand unique cultures and the people within them
  • Build closer connections between their campus and environment
  • Are more likely to succeed in their future careers
  • Gain significant real-life experience
  • Increase team-building skills by serving with other students and community members

What is Community Engagement?

Community engagement describes the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities - local, regional, state, national, global - for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity.


"The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of college and university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarshipresearch, and creative activityenhance curriculumteaching, and learningprepare educatedengaged citizensstrengthen democratic values and civic responsibilityaddress critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good."

                               - Carnegie Elective Community Engagement Classification 2015


Did You Know?

Academic Acceleration

PPCC students who take Service Learning courses are more likely to be successful in their studies.

(Source: Implementing Service Learning In Higher Education)

Take a Service Learning Class

Education plus volunteering

Service Learning Courses

Make an Impact

Put the 'greater' into 'greater good'

Ways to Serve


"There is no better exercise for your heart, than reaching down and helping to lift someone up."

– Bernard Meltzer


Faculty Resources

Are you a faculty member looking for tools and resources to engage your students? Maybe you'd like to incorporate Service Learning in your classroom?

Check out the links below!

View Faculty LibGuide Teach a Service Course

Service Benefit

Career Prospects

A 2013 study found that people who volunteer are 27% more likely to find jobs than those who don't volunteer.

(Source: Corporation for National and Community Service)