Community-Based Learning (CBL) happens when students and faculty apply the concepts and skills being taught in the classroom to real-world scenarios in their surrounding communities.
By collaborating with our courses, community partners can benefit by:
- Helping prepare today's students to be tomorrow's civic leaders
- Supporting an organization’s mission and meet its need for human resources
- Bringing new energy and perspectives to an organization and its clients
- Recruiting new volunteers
- Increasing public awareness of key issues
- Accessing college resources and building relationships with faculty, students, and staff
Some examples of CBL partnerships include:
- Interpersonal Communication students created an online volunteer training module for Living Well that will be used to train new volunteers.
- Pre-Social Work students spent time in human service agencies to learn more about their chosen career field.
- Inver Hills Anatomy and Physiology students led a dissection lab for visiting middle school students
- Ampersand Families spoke to our “18 and Nowhere to Go” learning community about the foster care system, after which students wrote a persuasive letter addressing an aspect of the system they’d like to see addressed or changed.
Have an idea? Reach out with project ideas, or meet with the Community-Based Learning Coordinator Shannon Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org to brainstorm possibilities!