students walking across campus in the summer

What is Service-Learning?

The Service-Learning program gives you the opportunity to use knowledge gained in the classroom in a community service project. Service-Learning joins your academic study and community service so that you can learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences. As a result, study takes on a new relevance and intellectual challenge.

The program has many roles. It can be:

  • An option for meeting course objectives.
  • A connection to addressing community needs.
  • A career-related work experience.
  • A “hands-on” practical learning experience to course materials.

Why is Service-Learning for me?

While helping others as part of a learning experience, you and community members also derive significant practical benefits from taking part in Service-Learning. You are able to explore career possibility and work with people in various settings, which allows you to develop lifelong and relevant problem-solving skills.

How can Service-Learning help me?

  • Reflect on you own background and culture in relation to others.
  • Gain competence through the practice of social and technical skills.
  • Increase independence by learning to manage study.
  • Reflect co-curricular experiences on college transcript.

How does Service-Learning work?

When involved in a Service-Learning project, you generally give 20-45 volunteer hours over the course of a term. The hours and time frame are flexible and determined jointly with instructors. The Career Services staff will interview you to determine yourarea of interest, time contraints and desired location. A community service project is always geared to your needs, convenience, and level of experience.

In conjunction with your instructor, you will: 

  • Shape the direction of your study.
  • Determine what work will be done.
  • Form a criterion for evaluation.

Where can I do Service-Learning?

Service-Learning participants are currently working in projects that entail:

  • Outreach and friendly visits to the elderly in nursing homes.
  • Working with the learning disabled and emotionally handicapped in school settings.
  • Working as a teacher’s aide with children in day care, Head Start, and after school programs.
  • Working as an advocate for community groups to address social needs.
  • Working with local environmental protection groups.
  • Assisting local food pantries and soup kitchens in addressing hunger in our communities.

Service-Learning is offered in the following academic areas:

Computer Science
Political Science
Environmental Studies
Criminal Justice
Respiratory Therapy
Women’s Studies

For more information, please contact our office at, P: 732-224-2792 or visit us in MAC 105.

“My experience as a service-learning student has been meaningful, because I will keep the experience with me for the rest of my life. I learned a lot and really felt like I gave back to the community.” Service-Learning Student

“My time was well spent and I am proud to say that I have continued my volunteer work at St. Benedict’s and I also have my two sons volunteering for the summer.”  Service-Learning Student

“Because it was a fulfilling experience that made me feel good about myself, while helping others.”  Service-Learning Student 

“It is the best feeling, being able to give back to a community and make a difference in a child’s life.”  Service-Learning Student

 Career Services • MAC Building, Room 105 • Brookdale Community College • 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 • P: 732-224-2792 •