What is Community-Based Learning?
Through designated academic courses, students and faculty engage with dozens of community organizations on projects of mutual benefit. Community-Based Learning (CBL) provides students with practical opportunities to apply knowledge and skills from the classroom in the local community. As one of the College's Signature Learning Experiences (SLE), CBL helps students to develop a more integrated understanding of their studies by providing opportunities to enhance their skillset through practice-based activities that benefit the wider community.
Community-based learning provides an opportunity for students to integrate and reflect on what they are learning in the classroom and how this learning relates to real world applications and experiences. Students involve themselves with issues and populations often quite different from their own experiences. Their involvement challenges them to think holistically. Students begin to understand the importance of being engaged and socially responsible.