Service Learning is an educational opportunity for students, faculty members and community partners to work together to enhance student learning while meeting the needs of the community. Through meaningful service activities and structured reflection, students gain valuable hands-on experience, leadership skills and a sense of lifelong civic responsibility.

Students serve 15 hours at a nonprofit organization, school or government entity directly related to the learning outcomes of a specific course. Upon completion, students receive a Service Learning Indicator on their official transcript and appropriate credit for their class.

If you have any questions, email service-learning@fvcc.edu, call 406-756-3367, or stop in the Student Engagement Office (Blake Hall 155) at FVCC. Thank you for serving your community!

Students
Many courses at FVCC incorporate Service Learning as part of the curriculum. Besides influencing your grade, Service Learning also provides opportunities to gain hands-on experience, explore career fields and develop leadership skills. Here’s how to successfully complete your hours:

  1. Find a Community Partner
    Each course has specific organizations to choose from that are directly tied to the learning outcomes of the class. You are required to serve at least 15 hours per course. Use the Find My Community Partner Form and look for your professor and course. From there, contact the Community Partner in which you are interested and set up a time to serve. If there is an organization you would like to serve at that is not on the list, please let us know so we can work with them to make them a Community Partner.
  2. Service Learning Workshops
    For help in connecting with Community Partners or for any questions about Service Learning, go to a Student Service Learning Workshop for more in-depth information.
  3. Complete Service Agreement and Liability Form
    Before starting your service, download the Service Agreement and Liability Form and turn it in to FVCC’s Student Engagement Office (Blake Hall 155) in person or by email service-learning@fvcc.edu.
  4. Reporting Hours
    The Community Partner is responsible for reporting your hours using an email link we send them near the end of the semester. During service, make sure your hours are being recorded. The Community Partner needs to submit them by Monday, December 9, 2019.
  5. Service Learning Indicator
    Once the 15 hours are completed and all forms stated above are turned in, we will notify faculty and you will be awarded a Service Learning Indicator on your official transcript. This will show universities that you have made a difference in your community and have valuable hands-on experience that will help you be successful in your college career and beyond.
Faculty
Service Learning is a way to enhance your courses by using a hands-on teaching methodology, and it gives students the opportunity to fulfill unmet needs within the community. To participate in the Service Learning program, follow the steps below:

  1. Faculty Interest Form
    Submit a completed Faculty Interest Form to service-learning@fvcc.edu or turn it into FVCC’s Student Engagement Office (Blake Hall 155).
    For ideas on learning outcomes, view the Example Learning Outcomes sheet.
  2. Learning Outcomes
    Using the learning outcomes you submitted with the Faculty Interest Form, we will find you Community Partners that directly relate to your course (let us know if you have specific organizations in mind).
  3. Student Reflection
    Incorporating a way for students to reflect on their service is a vital portion of Service Learning. This can be an essay, journal, discussion, presentation, etc. Look at the Reflection Process for more information.
  4. Student Hours
    Community Partners are responsible for reporting student hours to the Student Engagement Office by Monday, December 9th, 2019. Once collected, we will send you the student hours via email.
Community Partners

Service Learning is a great way to fulfill the unmet needs within your organization while giving students the opportunity to enhance their learning with hands-on experience. If you would like to be a Community Partner with FVCC’s Service Learning program, follow the steps below:

  1. Community Partner Questionnaire
    Submit a completed Community Partner Questionnaire to wjeschke@fvcc.edu or turn it into FVCC’s Student Engagement Office (Blake Hall 155).
  2. Unmet Community Needs
    Based on your submitted Community Partner Questionnaire, we will match you with relevant Service Learning courses or with other community involvement opportunities. We will call you to further discuss the needs of your organization.
  3. Student
    Students will contact you in regards to opportunities we have discussed in step 2.
  4. Reporting Student Hours
    As the Community Partner it is your responsibility to report student hours. We will email you a link to report hours for each student. Reports need to be submitted by Monday, December 9, 2019.
  5. Evaluation
    After all of the student hours are submitted, complete the Service Learning Evaluation Form so we can help improve the program.