What is Service Learning?
Service-Learning links academic courses and voluntarism to benefit both students and community. Service-Learning builds relationships between academic theory and “real-world” application, fosters a sense of civic responsibility, and kindles an interest in lifelong learning. Knowledge, personal growth, and skills developed through service-learning are assessed as learning outcomes and transfer to professional life.
Michigan Campus Compact
Michigan Campus Compact is the state’s support organization for service learning in higher education. Thirty-one colleges in Michigan belong to MCC, including Schoolcraft College. MCC is also a member of the National Campus Compact.
Michigan Campus Compact “promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.”
Red Wagon Project Early Childhood Literacy Program
The Red Wagon program promotes early childhood literacy in a low income community. Schoolcraft College has been engaged in the Red Wagon Early Childhood Literacy Program in the Norwayne community (Westland) since the inception of the program, and have continued our involvement for over a decade. This diverse (minority enrollment 43%), low income community (77% of students qualify for free, or reduced price lunches) community faces multiple challenges, including low literacy levels. This award-winning program is recognized by the Michigan Association of School Boards as the "Best of the Best" and the National Association of School Boards. Educational research indicates access to books, and a literacy rich environment improves school readiness and success. If children have access to books in the spring and summer months their reading skills will be enhanced, and they will be less likely to lose knowledge gained during the school year.
Involvement by Schooolcraft College has included participation by 9 college offices, 2 student clubs, 4 Service Learning designated classes, with 160+ students, faculty and staff involved (2017). In 2016, seventy-three Westland families benefited from the program. Schoolcraft courses and participants included our Early Childhood Education, Medical Assisting and Health Information Technology programs and associated student clubs; courses including Art Education, Social Problems, and two English courses, as well as and an Individual Service Option that provided a student presentation on research correlating low literacy levels to poor health outcomes. Our Social Problems Service Learning spring course solicits donations, gathers and sorts them, and sets up the program at the community site on an annual basis.
Through our Honors Scholars, this program has even spread to India. Leadership experience by our Scholars has frequently served as the foundation for many capstone projects. Our community partners for this program include Saints Simon and Jude Catholic church, Wayne-Westland community schools, Citivan of Westland, the Eastern Michigan University Bright Futures program and more.
Our Early Childhood Education program service learning courses assist in multiple ways, and get hands on experience in a local school.
Our service learning music students teach music at this cooperative school.
Schoolcraft food pantries and professional clothing closets. Various sociology and English courses raise funds and donations, and even help run the Radcliff Pantry and Clothing Closet.
Our geography service learning courses participate in “Bugs, Frogs and Water” counts.
Service Learning Endorsement
This is an advantageous endorsement for students transferring to a university, pursuing a service profession or are interested in applying skills as they learn. To receive a Service Learning Endorsement, you must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of classes designated as Academic Service Learning.