Are You an Engaged Student?

Student Success Starts with Service

Students who are engaged in their community are more well-rounded, capable of making connections between their academic coursework and the real world, and in general, more successful at moving from their current stage of life to the next —  be that a 4-year college or a career. At the community college, opportunities to experience community engagement range from collection boxes and single day volunteerism to deeper problem-solving that effects social change. How does a student get connected?

Option 1 – Get Connected Through a Class

The Service-Learning program at Cape Fear Community College offers students the opportunity to get involved with a Community Service Organization (CSO) during the course of a semester (or more). Students may do this through select university transfer and career-focused classes. Typically, instructors will recognize the volunteer hours in place of or as part of a class project. To participate through a class three factors must be in place:

  1. The instructor must list the course as a “service-learning” section through the Service-Learning office.
  2. The instructor must provide a conduit for students who participate in the community to receive credit for their volunteer hours — typically through an agreement with the CSO, an hours log, and an in-class reflection (presentation or other).
  3. The instructor must provide the opportunity for students to exchange the service-learning experience for some other aspect of the course. (Please see information about the differences between service-learning and work-based learning.)

Option 2 – Get Connected Through a CFCC Club or Organization

Students may also participate in service projects as part of a club or organization sponsored by CFCC or through a staff or faculty mentor.  The Student Government Association and the Community Involvement and Service-Learning (CISL) Alliance work together to foster awareness and celebrate volunteerism through the clubs and organizations registered within the Student Activities program. Each spring, a Student Involvement Fair includes not only booths of featured club opportunities, but also Community Service Providers with volunteer opportunities. Some CSOs provide specially designed training sessions for CFCC students. (See Lower Cape Fear Hospice training February 2016.)

Option 3 – Get Connected to the Community Involvement & Service-Learning (CISL) Alliance

The “CISL” Alliance meets every other Wednesday in S-401 on the Downtown Campus. Meeting dates for the remainder of the 2016 fall term are:

Option 4 – Get Connected to a Community Service Organization in Our Area

Please browse the lists of Community Service Organizations to learn more about the many service-based organizations in our community that rely on volunteers. Information about each organization comes directly from that agency’s website, brochure or volunteer application. Please contact us if you know of organizations that need to be included.

For more information about the Service-Learning program or connecting to the community through volunteerism, please contact the Service-Learning Coordinator (Kate Santhuff, 910.362.7861, ksanthuff@cfcc.edu), or visit the Service-Learning office in S-402 on Mondays or Wednesdays each week.

If you would like to connect to the statewide organization, please join the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition. NCSLC seeks student representation and it’s free of charge!