Community-Based Learning courses are a form of Civic Engagement and seek to help students connect with local organizations to build up and address needs in our community. Students in these courses are asked to engage in reflection about their experience and draw connections between Civic Engagement and what they're learning in the class itself. Students gain practical work experience while applying lessons learned in the classroom to real life situations. Students who successfully complete and document their community-based learning project within a specific semester receive the notation “Community-Based Learning Component” under the title of the course on their academic transcript.

Steps involved for Community-Based Learning:

  1. Read the Pre-Service Learning Training Guide. Log into College Central Network (CCN) and claim your account.
  2. Complete the Exploratory Survey provided by your professor as a Week 1 assignment. 
  3. Identify a community partner (from a nonprofit organization) for whom you will serve a minimum of 10 unpaid hours, over the semester, on a project related to your course content. Your professor may have selected community partners for your course.  If your professor agrees, you may use established Civic Engagement Community Partners or other nonprofit agencies.
  4. Discuss a placement and reflection assignment with your professor.
  5. Complete your Community-Based Learning agreement in CCN.
  6. Submit Service-Learning Timesheet by week 11. Submit required Community-Based Learning timesheets to faculty.
  7. Complete required reflection assignment/presentation before the end of the semester.
  8. Receive Community-Based Learning Component notation on your academic transcript.