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The Value of Service: NECC and the Community

NECC offers many service opportunities for students to make and strengthen connections on campus and within their communities.

It is a teaching and learning strategy, which incorporates meaningful service with our community partners, enhances the learning of course objectives, offers ongoing opportunities for reflection, and is reciprocal in nature.

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

Participation in service opportunities provides NECC students with:

  • Real-world experience – making connections between their classroom and communities
  • Career exploration and networking
  • Improved communication, critical thinking, team building and problem solving skills
  • Bonding between students and their professors and classmates
  • Awareness of community resources and needs
  • Skills and resources to be successful college students
  • Confidence to address community needs and the opportunity to make a positive impact

Through participation in service activities and projects, NECC students can explore career options and become aware of possibilities they may not have considered. In addition, Experiential Learning opportunities such as volunteerism and Service Learning are of particular importance when applying and interviewing for jobs as well as completing transfer application essays.  Students who have participated in service can draw from their experiences, articulate their values, and make the connection regarding how their values inform transfer, major and career choices.

Additionally, many scholarships are reserved for students who participate in service activities. This helps students connect with financial resources and organizations that are interested in supporting and recruiting students who value service.

When college students become engaged in service opportunities, they establish connections with fellow students, NECC faculty and staff, and members of their communities, thereby contributing to a successful journey towards their college and career goals and making their dreams a reality.

More Information

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

For more information about the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, please contact Paula Richards, NECC Service Learning Coordinator at servicelearning@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.