Service Learning

Named to the Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is defined by the college as a teaching and learning strategy whereby students perform public service to benefit the community in order to achieve a course’s learning objectives. Overall, both learning and service are emphasized. The student helps build a better community and the community helps the student be a better and more civic-minded professional.  Service Learning is a rewarding opportunity for both instructors and students to grow and learn.  more

What is our mission?

The Service Learning Department at Kilgore College serves as a department that supports faculty, students and community partners in creating a quality learning experience that incorporates service into the learning experience.

What are our goals?

The Service Learning Program supports a component of KC's mission--preparing students for success by providing educational opportunities that have community focus-by promoting more meaningful learning, personal development and community awareness for the students of Kilgore College through engagement with the community.

Service Learning

Presidential Service Award: How to Get Recognized

 What is the Presidential Service Award?

“The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.”

What do I get in the award package?

  • An official Presidential Volunteer Award lapel pin
  • A personalized certificate of achievement
  • A congratulatory letter from the President of the United States

Is there a cost associated with participating?

  • No. Kilgore College will pay the cost of the awards.

What are the minimum requirements for earning an award?

  • Be a KC student and/or employee
  • Serve a minimum of 100 hours during a 12-month period
  • Activities should be unpaid and may not include court-ordered community service.

(Only U.S. citizens qualify for the award. If you are a U.S. citizen and are volunteering abroad, you may submit your hours to your certifying organization to receive the award.
Mail or deliver a completed Official Kilgore College Record of Service Hours log to the Director of Service Learning in OM 215 by Aug. 31.)

How do I document my hours of service?

For more information contact Service Learning in the Student Support Building, Office 111, (903) 983-8678 or e-mail slearning@kilgore.edu.

How can I obtain more information?

Visit the President’s Volunteer Service Award Website.

Current Projects and Events

Service Fair – Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
Service Recognition Assembly – Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Benefits to Students, Faculty and the Community

Benefits to students:

  • Provides students with documented experiences
  • Enhances student’s resumes
  • Promotes critical thinking
  • Broadens horizons
  • Improves communication
  • Promotes ethical and moral development
  • Improves social awareness
  • Improves self-esteem
  • Provides opportunity to apply classroom knowledge (active learning)
  • Provides career exploration and improves occupational skills
  • Develops citizenship skills
  • Increases learning motivation

Benefits to faculty:

  • Integrating service-learning into existing courses provides opportunities for:
  • Improving student learning of core competencies
  • Sharing the rewards of civic engagement and responsibility
  • Reaping significant returns from modest investments
  • Instructing within or across disciplines
  • Interacting with civic-minded peers
  • Gaining fresh and different perspectives about your discipline
  • Re-energizing your teaching

Benefits for the community and community partners:

Effective, ongoing service-learning facilitates:

  • Meaningful service to our community
  • Access to the skills, time, energy, and talents of interested students and instructors
  • Opportunities to help foster values of long-term civic engagement in student community members
  • Opportunities to participate as co-educators in the student learning process
  • Increased awareness of community needs and more willing and prepared community participants
  • Increased ties between the college and other community partners
Example Projects and Service Opportunities

What are some examples of service learning projects?

  • Education & Tutoring Opportunities
  • Environmental Service Opportunities
  • Community Service Organizations: Kilgore, Longview & nearby areas
  • Promoting Financial Stability & Independence

For information about Service Learning:

Patty Bell
Director
Career Services and Service Learning
Phone:
(903) 988-3713
Office:
Student Support Bldg. (SS), 112
Fax:
(903) 988-7543
Candace Heezen
Support Specialist
Career Services and Service Learning
Phone:
(903) 983-8678
Office:
Student Support Bldg. (SS), 111
Fax:
(903) 988-7543