Service Learning is an educational opportunity for students, faculty, 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 their 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
Some courses incorporate Service Learning as part of their curriculum. Besides influencing your grade, it also gives you hands-on experience, opportunities to explore career fields, and upon successful completion of hours a Service Learning Indicator on your official transcript.

  1. Student Agreement and Liability Form
    Complete and submit the Student Agreement and Liability Form to the Student Engagement Office (Blake Hall 155) or email at student-engagement@fvcc.edu.
  2. MobileServe Account
    Once you submit the form above, you will receive an email to complete an account for MobileServe. You will need your student ID number to finish creating the account. MobileServe will be used to track and verify your volunteer hours.
  3. Find a Community Partner
    Each course that participates in Service Learning has specific learning outcomes that relate to the class. You are required to serve for 15 hours at a nonprofit, school or government entity that directly relates to course learning outcomes (learning outcomes are on the course syllabus). To find a Community Partner log on to your MobileServe account (from step 2), click on “Events” on the left dashboard, click on “Discover” and search locally for opportunities. Click on an opportunity you are interested in, select “I Want to Help” and reach out to the organization contact person to set up a time to serve.
    Trouble Finding a Community Partner?

    • Look at the Community Partner List for ideas.
    • Ask your professor. They will most likely have a few in mind.
    • If you find a Community Partner that does not appear on MobileServe stop by the Student Engagement Office (BH 155) or email student-engagement@fvcc.edu so we can get the opportunities on MobileServe.
  4. Track Your Hours
    Log in to MobileServe and select “Log Your Hours.” An email will be sent to the organization supervisor to verify them.
  5. Service Learning Indicator
    Once the 15 hours are complete, submitted, and verified on MobileServe your professor will be able to view them and a Service Learning Indicator will be placed 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. MobileServe Account
    Once you submit the form above, you will receive an email to complete an account for MobileServe. With this account, you will be able to track your student’s hours and verify appropriate organizations. Organizations must be a nonprofit organization, school, or government entity that ties directly with the learning outcomes of your course.
    Trouble Finding a Community Partner?

  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
    MobileServe will be used to track student Service Learning hours. Once the student logs their hours on their MobileServe account, an email will be sent to the Community Partner to verify the hours.
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 the Student Engagement Office (Blake Hall 155).
  2. VolunteerMatch Account
    Create a free account on volunteermatch.org
  3. Post Organization Needs
    Post opportunities for students to sign up for. Without posting students will not be able to see your organization. For information on how to post opportunities for students, visit vmhelp.zendesk.com
  4. Connecting With Students
    Students will see the opportunities on MobileServe, an online platform that allows verification and tracking of hours. When students sign up for opportunities on MobileServe you will be able to discuss times with them and fulfill your organization needs.
  5. Tracking Hours
    MobileServe will be used to track student volunteer hours. Once the student logs their hours on their MobileServe account, an email will be sent to you to verify their hours.