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Service Learning

Welcome to Service Learning at Sussex County Community College! Service Learning, a form of experiential learning, is a teaching and learning approach to education that partners meaningful service to the community with learning in the classroom. Service Learning provides students with the opportunity to apply what they are learning in class to “real life” situations, and, in turn, meets identified community needs.

A number of SCCC faculty offer courses every semester that include a Service Learning component. Students are first introduced to Service Learning in their freshman Foundations course, and are provided a number of opportunities throughout their tenure at SCCC to further participate in Service Learning, as well as volunteerism.

Students benefit in a number of ways from enrolling in Service Learning courses. Research has shown that students who participate in “active” learning, where they apply what they learn, demonstrate improved learning of the course material over those who learn through more conventional means (e.g., lecture and readings). Students can also enhance their resumes and applications to 4-year colleges and universities with the experiences they gain in service to their communities.

For additional information on the Service Learning opportunities available at SCCC, please contact the Service Learning Coordinator.

Students are also encouraged to participate in volunteer activities on their own. An abundance of volunteer opportunities are available throughout the community, from helping with special events, and providing much needed services and support to children and the elderly, to working with animals and helping clean up the environment. Volunteer opportunities can be found via the Sussex County Volunteer Link, or by contacting the SCCC Service Learning Coordinator


Maureen Murphy-Smolka