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STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

Service-Learning:
A learning method that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience.


Cooperative Education:
Cooperative Education is an academic program that allows students to connect academic knowledge with the business and professional world. Co-op expands learning experiences through paid employment in a supervised, educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study or career focus.


Internships:
Internships are paid and unpaid positions related to a student's major or career focus. A variety of paid and unpaid internships are available to students wishing to gain experience.


Community Service:
Donating time and energy for the benefit of other people in the community as a social responsibility rather than for any financial reward. May be one-time or on-going to a community in need.


What is the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?
Community service participants volunteer for the primary or sole purpose of meeting the needs of others and bettering the community as a whole. Young people engaged in high quality service-learning meet the needs of their communities while increasing their academic achievement. Service-learning students also take part in structured time to investigate community needs, thoughtful planning of the service project, and guided reflection regarding the relationship between their service experience and their more traditional in-class learning. Overall, the most important feature of effective service-learning programs is that students engage equally with learning and service and reflect on their intersections.


Service-Learning Class vs. Class with a Service-Learning Component:
A Service-Learning Class is one in which all elements of the class; lecture, assignments, extra credit and research are focused around understanding the relationship between academics and a community/civic project. Equal emphasis and grade is awarded for completing the service component and subject content of the course. A class with a service-learning component is one in which there is an opportunity to participate with service-learning during the semester, but may not be required of everyone or the main focus of the class. Grades and course credit reflect this.