Service Learning

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Contact: or 952-358-8119

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility. Students engage in community activities that benefit their partners/agency clients while developing a sense of connection between classroom instruction and real-life situations.

What kinds of service can I do?

There are many different options for course-integrated service through classes in Sociology, Spanish,  Nursing, Reading, Math, Health, Anthropology, Communication and many more.

How can I participate?

  • enrolling in a class that offers a Service-Learning option
  • enrolling in Sociology 1103, Social Change in Action and Service-Learning
  • getting involved in a variety of on/off-campus projects on their own
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Where can I use the credits I've earned through Service-Learning?

You can apply credits toward several Normandale two-year degrees and certificates, and to several four-year degrees at area colleges and universities which utilize the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

In which community agencies or settings would I be working, as a service-learner?

There are many possibilities. Here are a few examples:

  • Bridging A non-profit Bloomington organization which provides household furnishings to economically disadvantaged families in transition
  • America Reads and America Counts A Normandale program which helps Bloomington Public School students succeed in reading, literacy and math
  • Simpson House A community based organization which provides shelter to the homeless

How do I know if Service-Learning is right for me?

If your degree plan needs credit to fulfill MnTC goal 9, or if the program you are studying toward uses Service-Learning as elective credit, Service-Learning may be a wonderful way to enhance your college experience. It also provides activity that is well worth putting on your resume. If that isnt enough, the smile that you put on someone elses face is probably more important than anything else.

To learn more, contact the Center for Experiential Education, C1066, 952-358-8119,