Service Learning

Our students Move Mountains when they take part in Service Learning assignments and community engagement projects with Arapahoe Community College’s (ACC’s) faculty and staff. By volunteering in their communities, partnering with local non-profits, and applying all they learn from the classroom, students develop skills in leadership, critical reflection, civic responsibility, and community engagement, making them more marketable and prominent citizens in the real world beyond college. Local and national organizations provide example projects, newsletters, reports, conferences, webinars, and more to educators wanting to include Service Learning into their courses. Discover how our ViTaL Team, in addition to some courses at Arapahoe Community College, are helping to inspire Service Learning activities and assignments. 

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is a teaching and learning approach, combining meaningful service with academic study and reflection, while establishing and maintaining local relationships and strengthening communities. Even though Service Learning begins with students offering support, time, and energy, then connects learning objectives from coursework to critical self-reflection, some educators have difficulties grasping the value of this method of instruction. Service Learning is not just volunteering. It's not getting paid for performing a civic duty. It does not have to fit one model. Not every student needs to perform the same tasks for any Service Learning project or assignment. And not only classes at ACC use Service Learning, as some clubs and organizations, like Phi Theta Kappa, have incorporated service and reflection into their events. Service Learning is flexible and fun and meaningful to everyone involved, especially the students who learn about the real world, themselves, and how education fits into helping others.

Through Service Learning, ACC students can:

  • Clarify personal values and attitudes
  • Enhance social experiences
  • Improve problem solving skills
  • Collaborate with community members
  • Discover career opportunities

Communities and Organizations ACC Students Have Served

Hudson Gardens, Audubon Society of Greater Denver, VA Hospital, Telephone Pioneers of America, Goodwill Industries of Denver, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, Denver Works, Denver Human Services, Opportunities in Living, Denver Rescue Mission, Freedom Service Dogs, Humane Society of the South Platte Valley, The Brookshire House, Habitat for Humanity, and Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue.