Learning doesn't only happen in the classroom at Central. You will get firsthand experience in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment.
Community-based learning connects the college and the community to expand learning and strengthen communities. Central College is a recognized leader in civic and community engagement, earning some of the nation’s highest honors.
You will be an active participant of the community. Each year, approximately 400 students engage in academic community service, and hundreds more get involved through other volunteer opportunities like Central Service Day. Community-based learning engages students in academic community service, internships and more.
Service-learning placements have led to the following careers for alumni:
We work with more than 100 partners, including:
Since 2006, Central has been recognized 8 times on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for distinguished community service in recognition of extraordinary volunteer efforts by the school and its students. The honor roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, academic community service and civic engagement.
Central has achieved the prestigious community engagement designation from the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching: Central was one of six Iowa colleges and universities to receive the Community Engagement Classification for 2015.
This course uses writing, service-learning and civic dialogue as tools to expand your understanding of community. As a part of the course, you will complete writing projects with a non-profit organization or agency. Past projects include brochures, newsletters, press releases, donor letters, grant proposals and more.
You will explore global sustainability issues drawn from the environmental, economic and social justice realms. Learn more about these issues by interacting with the environment and with populations affected by injustice and inequality.
You will learn how to develop safe and effective physical activity programs for older adults. Students volunteer with organizations serving older adults and plan and facilitate exercise programs.
You will gain experience in diverse classrooms to prepare for a career as an effective teacher.
These are just a few of the courses at Central with a service-learning component. Courses are available in every discipline.
You will be able to:
As a student at Central, you will have access to national and regional experts on crucial issues facing our local, national and international communities.
If you are a potential student interested in community engagement or are a nonprofit/community-based organization interested in working with Central College, please contact:
Associate Dean for Career Development and Civic Engagement