The Community Service Act of 1990 defines service-learning as:
“a method under which students or participants learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community." (42 U.S. Code 12511)
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service Learning allows students and faculty to blend educational goals with their passions.
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Service Learning creates opportunities for Valencia students, faculty, and staff to learn in partnership with the community and to develop competencies that relate to course content and promote the advancement of a socially responsible citizenry.
Students have the opportunity to earn recognition by completing a service project in an integrated Service Learning course or an independent Service Learning course (SLS2940 and SLS2940H). There are three ways to be recognized at the college and they are outlined below:
Important: If you anticipate receiving a medallion, review the steps to recieving graduation regalia below.
Steps to Receiving Graduation Regalia (Service Learning Medallions)
Step 1 | Complete a minimum of 40 service hours in a Service Learning designated course
Step 2 | Complete an Intent to Graduate form before the application deadline
Step 3 | Verify your service hours with the Office of Curriculum Initiatives at email@example.com
Step 4 | Collect Service Learning regalia one of the following ways: