Q: What is Academic Service Learning?
A: Academic Service Learning courses include meaningful community service, a clear connection between course objectives and service activities and structured opportunities for reflection for the enhancement of academic learning.
Q: How do I sign up for an academic service learning class?
A: Many Alma courses include a service learning component. Students register for these courses through the standard registration process.See courses listed.
Q: I'd like to volunteer, but how do I get involved?
A: It's easy to get involved! Become a Fan of the Alma College Service Learning Facebook Page and discover volunteer opportunities. Contact the Service Learning Office to find community placements and connections. Alpha Phi Omega coordinates campus and community volunteer projects. In addition, local service agencies attend a volunteer fair to recruit students during Service Week at the beginning of each fall term.
Q: What kind of volunteer opportunities do you have?
A: The Service Learning Office offers ongoing workstudy and volunteer placements at numerous locations: local hospital, Masonic Pathways, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, local schools, the Red Cross, and the United Way. Also offered are special event projects for Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and National Service Week. Other volunteer opportunities to meet the needs of students and the community can be arranged.
Q: I've got an idea for a service project. How do I get it off the ground?
A: We believe in student empowerment! So if you have the time and are committed to your idea, we will work with you to make it a reality. The majority of our service projects are initiated and coordinated by students. Service Learning will be glad to connect you to other students, faculty, staff, community partners, and funding sources that may be interested in your idea. Funding and grant opportunities are available through Michigan Campus Compact.