The Flathead Valley Community College Service Learning program promotes volunteerism and civic engagement among Flathead Valley Community College students. The program continually strives to enrich the FVCC experience while also meeting the needs of the local community.
- We will encourage community service endeavors that enhance students’ academic learning and leadership skills.
- We will work with students to create Service Learning projects that meet their course needs and structure.
- We will recognize community needs and address them through our efforts and volunteer efforts of our students.
- We will be responsive to the needs of FVCC administration, faculty, staff and students in order to make Service Learning a sustainable aspect of FVCC education.
- Print a copy of the Service Learning Student Handbook or pick up a copy in the Service Learning Office – Blake Hall Room 155.
- The Service Learning staff will help you choose an agency that is appropriate for your class and instructor.
- See our Ongoing Service Projects or stop by our office for a complete list of agencies we are currently affiliated with.
- Contact the agency that you have chosen and let them know you want to volunteer.
- Inform them of the hours you are able to work and how you wish to contribute.
- For example, if your instructor requires that you tutor, make sure the agency knows that your efforts must be used only for tutoring.
- Turn in the student/agency agreement form as soon as you begin volunteering.
- Turn in the time sheet when you complete your hours.
- Have your site supervisor complete the Student Volunteer Evaluation Form
- Return the evaluation form with your time sheet, or have your site supervisor mail it to our office.
NOTE: You will not receive credit for your Service Learning hours unless the Site Confirmation and Student Time sheets are received by the Service Learning office in a timely manner!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Service Learning?
Service Learning is an exciting educational opportunity that matches FVCC students with local community service projects. While meeting community needs, students gain valuable hands-on experience that will reinforce academic learning and improve leadership skills. Only 15 hours of service is required!
Why Should I Volunteer?
Some instructors require a certain amount of volunteer work for their classes. Other instructors offer extra credit for volunteering. The Service Learning office can place you in a non-profit agency, organization or school where you can earn the required hours or extra credit.
When you complete the required 15 hours of community service within a semester, a “Service Learning Indicator” will appear on your transcript. This indicator looks great on applications and resumes for scholarships and employment.
Who Qualifies to Participate?
Every student qualifies! However, it is important to check with our office to be sure your instructor has agreed to offer Service Learning in his or her class. Some instructors allow students to volunteer in any way the student chooses, while other instructors require that their students volunteer in a specific capacity or at a specific project.
For more information contact Wendy Jeschke, Student Engagement Coordinator
Blake Hall Room 155 at (406) 756-3908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org