Career-Based Service Learning
Career-Based Service Learning combines traditional community service with a structured school- and work-based opportunity to explore a career field, emphasizing the connections between the service experiences, preparation for careers (career readiness skill development) and academic learning. Students benefit by acquiring career-related skills and knowledge while learning civic responsibility and gaining personal satisfaction. Service learning can be embedded in short-term projects and can be individual, team or classroom oriented.
- Students apply content knowledge they have learned in school, critical thinking and good judgment to address genuine community needs
- Engages students in experiential, hands-on projects in the community while deepening their understanding of an area of career interest
- Informs the students career and postsecondary education planning
- Develops skills, habits and attitudes vital to career success
- Helps students understand the needs of their local business and non-profit organizations and agencies
- Provides the context in which students can gain organizational, team, problem-solving and critical thinking skills, along with attitudes and capabilities necessary to succeed in work and life
Teacher Checklist for Service Learning Development
Service Learning Project Planning Worksheet
- Allow students to design and select the career-based service learning activity
- Provide classroom preparation for the career-based service learning
- Have students conduct preparatory research and report on the community/business/non-profit organization need
- Students complete a planned series of activities and apply their skills and knowledge to help meet a need in the school or greater community
- Provide opportunities for students to reflect on their learning and contribution to the business, non-profit organization or agency.