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Civic Engagement and Service Learning

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Service Learning combines classroom learning with real world application of their learning. Students learn through experience and an opportunity to make a difference in their community.

NECC offers many service opportunities for students to make and strengthen connections on campus and within their communities. Service learning courses are offered each semester. The most current course offerings are listed here. You can also contact faculty to learn more about their upcoming service learning opportunities.

According to the Preparing Citizens Report on Civic Learning and Engagement: “Civic engagement involves the participation of faculty, staff and students in the civic life and institutions of the community through reciprocal partnerships with public, private, and non-profit organization to address critical social issues and align curriculum, scholarship, research and creative activity with the public good.” Volunteerism and community service are two examples of civic engagement at NECC.

Participation in service opportunities provides you with:

  • Real-world experience: making connections between your classroom and communities
  • Career exploration and networking
  • Improved communication, critical thinking, team building, and problem solving skills
  • Bonding among students, faculty, and staff
  • Awareness of community resources and needs
  • Skills and resources to be a successful college student
  • Confidence to address community needs and the opportunity to make a positive difference!

Experiential learning opportunities such as volunteerism, community service, and service-learning are of particular importance when applying and interviewing for jobs as well as completing transfer application essays. Students who participate in service can draw from their experiences, and make informed decisions about transfer, major and career choices.

Many scholarships are reserved for students who participate in service activities. Students connect with financial resources and organizations that are interested in supporting and recruiting students who value service.

NECC students can become engaged in their communities through service via various student clubs, volunteer opportunities, the Student Leadership Development Program, and Service-Learning, which connects service directly to their classroom experience.

Learn more about Service Learning from this Boston Globe article, Engaging Students in their Community.

More Information

For more information about the Civic Engagement and Service Learning Program, please contact Janel D’Agata-Lynch, NECC Civic Engagement and Service Learning Coordinator at servicelearning@necc.mass.edu or 978-738-7530.

For more information about the Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program, please contact Paula Richards, Coordinator, NECC Service Learning Faculty Fellows Program at prichards@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3209.

For more information about participating in the Peace Poetry contest, please contact Dr. Paul Saint-Amand, Associate Professor of English at psaintamand@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3307.

Related Links

Civic Action Plan
Honors Experience
Learning Communities
NECC Observer
Student Leadership Development Program
Student Senate
Study Abroad


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