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Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning

You don't have to wait until you graduate to put your knowledge to work. Through Community-based learning, you can collaborate with local high schools, conduct research with community partners and solve operations issues for organizations.

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Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning

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Community-Based Learning (CBL) happens when students and faculty enhance their course experience by applying the concepts and skills they have acquired in their coursework to a real-world context that meets a community need. A wide variety of possibilities exist for community-based learning collaborations between classrooms and community partners.

By collaborating with our courses, community partners can benefit by:

  • Helping prepare today's students to be tomorrow's civic leaders
  • Meeting organization’s needs for human resources and support the organization’s mission
  • Bringing new energy, perspectives and enthusiasm to the organization and clients served
  • Recruiting new volunteers
  • Increasing public awareness of key issues
  • Accessing other university resources; building relationships with faculty, students, and staff

Some examples of CBL partnerships include:

  • Interpersonal Communication students are volunteering with Living Well and then creating an online volunteer training module on communication that will be used by the agency to train new volunteers.
  • Pre-Social Work students are volunteering in human service agencies to learn more about their chosen career field.
  • Local middle school students visit our Anatomy and Physiology classes and are led in a dissection lab by Inver Hills students.
  • Ampersand Families will be speaking to our “18 and Nowhere to Go” learning community about the foster care system, after which students will write persuasive letters addressing an aspect of the system they’d like to see addressed or changed.

Feel free to reach out with a specific need or project, or meet with the Community-Based Learning Coordinator (swilliams@inverhills.edu) to brainstorm possibilities!

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