Students at The Virtues Campus are taking community service to another level this semester as they embark on a course designed to challenge them to participate in transformational change both globally and in their communities.
This term’s Service Learning class is an experiential course in which students participate in a service activity outside of the classroom that meets community needs and complements classroom learning. Students will reflect on their service activity as a means of gaining a deeper understanding of the course content, a broader appreciation for social action and social problem-solving, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.
“The Virtues’ Service Learning course brings classroom learning into the community through a hands-on service project,” said Dr. David Glesne, president of The Virtues Campus. “There students reflect and grow in skills and community awareness.”
While service learning classes may take on many forms, they typically share three common characteristics: The service is needed and relates to the course, it challenges students to grow, and it teaches students about the social context of the service and why it is necessary.
This semester, Virtues Campus students are designing and participating in a service activity of their choice within their community. The learning experience will consist of five stages:
- Investigate a need in the community and identify a problem
- Prepare and plan a course of action by collaborating with community members
- Take action (minimum of 40 hours)
- Reflect on goals, actions, outcomes and learning
- Share the experience with others
Examples of projects that students might choose include organizing a drive for a local charity, volunteering at a youth homeless shelter, assisting with ESL classes, planting wildflowers in a public right-of-way, or helping construct handicap-accessible trails in a local park.
The Service Learning course is part of the career readiness section of The Virtues Campus curriculum in which students study the biblical view of vocation and assess their own career options in light of understanding their unique God-purposed design. The experience provides students with an opportunity to apply what is taught in the classroom in a real-world setting.
“Employers today are telling us how smart today’s college graduates are, but how woefully lacking they are in people skills – communicating, working on teams, taking leadership responsibility, etc.," Glesne said. "We are preparing our students to work in the real world of interaction with others.”
For more information, contact The Virtues Campus at 651.401.1045 or Info@VirtuesCampus.com.