Learning doesn't only happen in the classroom at Central. You will get first-hand experience in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment.
Community-Based Learning connects the college and the community to expand learning and strengthen communities. Central College is a recognized leader in civic and community engagement, earning some of the nation’s highest honors.
You will be an active participant of the community. Each year, approximately 400 students engage in academic service-learning, and hundreds more get involved through other volunteer opportunities like Central Service Day. Community-Based Learning engages students in academic service-learning, internships and community service.
Service-learning placements have led to the following careers for alumni:
We work with more than 100 partners, including:
These are just a few of the courses at Central with a service-learning component. Courses are available in every discipline.
This course uses writing, service-learning and civic dialogue as tools to expand your understanding of community. As a part of the course, you will complete writing projects with a non-profit organization or agency. Past projects include brochures, newsletters, press releases, donor letters, grant proposals and more.
You will explore global sustainability issues drawn from the environmental, economic and social justice realms. Learn more about these issues by interacting with the environment and with populations affected by injustice and inequality.
You will learn how to develop safe and effective physical activity programs for older adults. Students volunteer with organizations serving older adults and plan and facilitate exercise programs.
You will gain experience in diverse classrooms to prepare for a career as an effective teacher.
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As a student at Central, you will have access to national and regional experts on crucial issues facing our local, national and international communities.
Visit the Service-Learning Hub for more information.