NEW FALL 2013Beginning Fall 2013, students to take two or more service-learning classes will earn a service-learning notation on their transcript when they graduate. With over 70 service-learning courses throughout the college, students in all degree programs have this opportunity available to them. Service-learning shows that a student has experience problem solving, thinking critically, and has experience working on real world problems.
To sign up for one of our many service-learning classes, contact your advisor, ask your program chair, or look for service-learning classes when you sign up for classes in Campus Connect.
Service-learning means a method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully organized service that:
* is conducted in and meets the needs of a community
* is coordinated with an institution of higher education, and with a community partner
* helps foster civic responsibility
* is integrated into and enhances the academic coursework of the students enrolled
* includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience.
(Adapted for Ivy Tech Community College from the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE): Series on Service-Learning in the Disciplines and the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993).
Definition of service-learning with a longer explanation:
Download the 2012 Ivy Tech-Bloomington Service-Learning Brochure
Some examples of service-learning classes at Ivy Tech - Bloomington include:
Sculpture I and II
CHEM 105/106 and BIOT100/1016
Students from four science classes organized and worked the first annual Super Science Saturday with the aid of five science faculty members. The two hour event allows children in grades K-12 a chance to perform hands-on science experiments at over 25 separate booths. Students helped kids make ice cream, lava lamps in plastic bottles, build candy DNA, and dissect owl pellets. The event attracted over 350 children and their parents, greatly exceeding expectations. One Biotechnology student wrote: “While I was participating in the science fair, I realized that I love sharing my love of science with children. It is absolutely amazing to see them absorb new information like a sponge. This led me to my new major which is education. I hope to teach science at the elementary school level where I can get kids excited about learning.”