Our Lady of the Lake College has embraced the concept of Service-Learning for many reasons: it helps students to incorporate classroom concepts while addressing real world problems; it further develops the College’s mission of meeting the civic and social needs of the community it serves; and it challenges students to become civically-minded graduates who will be our community leaders of the future.
Our Lady of the Lake College has received recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for its commitment to Service-Learning as evidenced by its recent inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement.
The College works continuously to build the number and variety of opportunities available to students through Service-Learning projects in their classrooms. Examples of recent Service-Learning projects include: introductory-level chemistry students who taught students at a local elementary school how to make a simple polymer out of Elmer's glue and Borax (which results in silly putty!); clinical students in a nursing class who did health promotion with a group of older adults by doing blood pressure screenings and teaching classes on topics like heart disease, infection, smoking and arthritis; and students in an introductory theology class who read stories to patients at Our Lady of the Lake Children's Hospital.
The Service-Learning office is located at 7525 Picardy Ave. in the Student Services building. Services provided by the Service-Learning office include support for community partner connections, faculty development workshops, S-L teaching resources, student resources, and resources for external S-L grant writing.