Center for College and Community Engagement

Frequently Asked Questions

What is academic service learning?

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.

How do I sign up for an academic Service Learning course?
Many Alma courses include a service learning component. Students register for these courses through the standard registration process.
I’d like to volunteer, but how do I get involved?

It is easy to get involved! Discover volunteer opportunities page the Alma College Service Learning Facebook Page, Community Partners link, and Alpha Phi Omega, a National Co-ed Service Fraternity. In addition, the annual Volunteer & Organization Fair takes place during Service Week the second week of each fall term.

I’ve got an idea for a service project. How do I get it off the ground?

We believe in student empowerment! So if you have the time and are committed to your idea, the Service Learning staff will partner with you to make it a reality. The majority of our service projects are initiated and coordinated by students and student organizations who engage with a community partner. 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.

What kind of volunteer opportunities are out there?

The Service Learning Office offers community service work study jobs, assists with
local volunteer placements and supports special service event/projects on
campus; including but not limited to: Alternative Break, College Positive Volunteers, Community CafĂ© Partnership, Red Cross Blood Drives & Bone Marrow Registrations, Kid’s Night Out, Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Relay for Life.