Office InformationJim Dawson
Over 1000 students enroll in the Service-Learning classes offered each year, assisting several hundred nonprofit charities and public agencies. The community gains resources and services that would otherwise be unavailable. And Pierce service-learners earn academic credit, while also gaining “real life” experience and valuable civic skills.
Service-Learning allows students to gain experience in their major area of study or to explore new interests. Just a few examples:
- A Biology student may create a nature trail over the course of a semester.
- A student interested in business might serve as a supervised tax consultant for low income residents.
- Education majors could choose to work in a school as a mentor or tutor assisting K-12 pupils.
- A future lawyer could gain valuable experience helping attorneys at a nonprofit legal clinic.
- Psychology students might work with a community agency counseling clients.
- Those interested in civic affairs or politics could serve in an elected official's office.
- Love animals? Many agencies provide care to animals, ranging from domestic pets to wildlife.
- Contemplating a medical career? Hospitals recruit volunteers to assist in all departments.
- Seeking to address community needs? Charities welcome help in assisting needy individuals.
- Want to help young people? Become involved with after-school programs, youth or recreation centers.
The possibilities are limitless!The Service-Learning Office maintains an extensive online list of service opportunities, including job descriptions posted by community agencies and nonprofit charities seeking volunteers. Some Pierce instructors identify specific service-learning projects as a class requirement or as an extra-credit option. Students may also propose their own service-learning project for approval by the Service-Learning Office.