Community Service (Service Learning)
Central College has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll With Distinction for four consecutive years, the only school in Iowa to do so. The honor roll is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
At Central, learning begins in the classroom and continues in many different settings outside the traditional educational environment. Students gain experience in other cultures through Central’s study abroad programs and/or learn through hands-on experiences as interns in corporate settings.
Each year, Central hosts a community-wide service day. Classes are canceled for the day and students, faculty and staff join in serving the local community.
In the Classroom …
A growing number of Central College courses include a service-learning component. In addition to courses offered on campus, students enrolled in international education programs may participate in service-learning projects while studying abroad.
- Students hone Spanish language skills while assisting Latino families prepare immigration forms.
- Exercise science students work with athletes with disabilities.
- Psychology students work with child and adolescent development programs.
- Sociology students work with the homeless population.
- Art students create murals in an urban environment.
And as Volunteers
The Central Volunteer Center (CVC) provides opportunities for students to get involved in non-academic service. We have connections with community partners in Pella and the surrounding communities and work to satisfy the needs of our community. Whether you want to participate in one of our yearly events, such as the Oxfam Hunger Banquet or Welcome Week’s Red Rock Rocks Service project, or make your own commitment to a community partner, we can help you get started. Students are invited to participate in projects, create their own projects, or help plan existing projects. Contact AmeriCorps@central.edu to get involved.