Community Partner Interest Form

This form is for community organizations, who are looking to partner with a Grand Rapids Community College faculty member in order to create a service learning project for students.  

At GRCC Service Learning is ...

Academic Service Learning (ASL) is a teaching methodology that combines service and learning.

Service opportunities are purposefully designed to deepen learning of course concepts, foster development of institutional learner outcomes (ILO) and positively impact the community.

Goals of Academic Service Learning include:

  • Facilitation of understanding of course and institutional learner outcomes through application of material, discovery learning, and tests of goodness of fit.
  • Serves identified community needs.
  • Involves reflection and extraction of meaning.
  • Taught by ASL approved faculty.
  • Completion of 10-25 hours of service.

                *1-2 credit course might require 10 hours

                *3-4 credit course requires at least 15 hours

Service learning is not...

• A one-sided experience.

• Passive learning.

• Volunteering.

This experience should benefit both the student and the community partner.  It is important that the community partner and faculty work together in creating the project to make sure all parties benefit from the experience.

If you are seeking a student intern, please contact our Student Employment Services.

Examples of Service Learning

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood JR 251 Introduction to Journalism  - Partnered with Hospice of Michigan, students wrote a series of stories to educate the public and document the lives of those who seek hospice services.

Drew Rozema CO 275 Mobile Application Development and Security - This course partnered with the Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts to create a mobile application allowing event patrons to learn about the event happenings (food booths, available acts at various venues, etc.).

Katie VenderMeer CO 116 Introduction to Computer Programming  - Students in this course will inspire 5th Grade students at Orchard View Elementary on the fundamentals of coding.

Sherry Knoppers AD 248/258 Community Transcultural Nursing - Students in this course will partner with North End Community Ministry to assess their food pantry needs primarily focused on health promotion and disease prevention interventions.

Bob Schultz CA 115 Table Service - Students in this course will create a fundraising event benefiting the Make a Wish Foundation.