Community-Based Learning

Community-Based Learning in Our Community

Community development through community-based learning projects promotes citizenship and civic involvement in our students. In a wide selection of DCTC programs, students are required to demonstrate their commitment to community service by participating in approved community-based learning projects.

Community-Based Learning Objectives

  • Convey importance of good citizenship
  • Promote civic responsibility
  • Expand awareness of community issues, needs and programs
  • Spotlight various methods of community service
  • Teach skills related to more effective and engaged community membership
  • Develop professional ideals and standards through community-based learning activities
  • Cultivate interpersonal communication skills through participation in small-group activities
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Build environment of participation among students, faculty and the community

Community-Based Learning Benefits

Benefits to DCTC Students
  • Provides civic engagement opportunities with surrounding communities, nonprofits and private businesses
  • Increases awareness of issues in our community and society as a whole
  • Broadens perspectives and enhances critical thinking skills
  • Provides active learning opportunities that improve technical skills
  • Develops leadership skills
  • Builds self-confidence and interpersonal skills
Benefits to the Community
  • Increases community volunteerism
  • Provides access to substantial resources and expertise
  • Creates opportunities for additional partnerships and collaboration with DCTC
  • Encourages personal growth of future community leaders
Benefits to Local Businesses
  • Increases visibility and prestige
  • Establishes new connections with community groups
  • Provides networking opportunities with DCTC faculty and students
  • Lays groundwork for future partnerships and collaborative efforts
Benefits to the College
  • Fosters student learning opportunities
  • Cultivates new relationships with community groups
  • Extends campus resources to the community
  • Increases the college's visibility
  • Aids faculty in incorporating community service into their curriculum
  • Encourages individual student involvement in community service
  • Documents student civic engagement activities and issues that are important to DCTC students