LSC-Tomball Service-Learning

LSC-Tomball Service Learning 20 years, 2002-2022 logo. Serve to learn. Learn to serve.

Celebrating 20 years of Service-Learning at LSC-Tomball! Our faculty have used the practice of service-learning in their classes to prepare students to be effective citizens, provide them opportunities for career exploration, while simultaneously meeting the needs of nonprofit organizations. Since 2002, student service-learners have given back the equivalent of $5 million in service to the Tomball area! Join us in celebrating the students and faculty who prioritize learning, leadership, community, and connection in this way! LSC-Tomball is the community’s college.

“Service-learning is a teaching method which combines community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thinking and civic responsibility. Service-learning programs involve students in organized community service that addresses local needs, while developing their academic skills, sense of civic responsibility, and commitment to the community.”

Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges

Faculty who add a service-learning option to their courses provide their students with a wealth of benefits. LSC-Tomball service-learning students have repeatedly endorsed the practice, stating in surveys that they wished more courses featured community service-learning projects.  Benefits to students include:

  • Self-esteem
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Job contacts
  • Making a difference
  • Broader horizons
  • Application of classroom knowledge
  • Career exploration
  • Occupational skills       
  • Documented experience
  • Skill development
  • Social awareness
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Assume responsibility
  • Citizenship skills
  • Increases self-awareness
  • Resume' enhancement
  • Increases learning motivation

Faculty interested in developing a service-learning project for their course can schedule training to identify community partners, develop their syllabus, plan reflection assignments, and more.

Practitioners are expected to utilize a few forms during the semester. These include:

For more information about the practice of service-learning or to schedule a training:

Professor Clark Friesen (clark.w.friesen@lonestar.edu)
Faculty Service-Learning Coordinator
Office: S257F
Phone: 281-401-1807

Handbook (see document provided)

Check out the AAHE disciplinary series on service-learning practice in our library.

For volunteer opportunities in the area, check out Just Serve (https://www.justserve.org/about) or download their app.



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