Criteria for Service Learning Site

​​​Criteria for Service Learning Site

A service learning site  must maintain most or all these desirable characteristics:

  • The agency is stable  and  well-organized.

  • The agency should provide an  on-going service in areas such as, but not limited to: health, education, welfare, social action or the environment.

  • The service of the agency will  continue to be provided without the help of the San José City College student.

  • The agency serves underserved  people, or addresses timely community issues of the San Jose  community.

  • What San Jose City College  students do and experience at the placement site enhances their academic endeavors.


How does an agency  become part of the Service Learning Program?

        • ​​​​​Contact can be initiated either party (agency or San Jose City College)
        • Fill out the online Community Parnter Request Form (www.sjcc.edu/current students/support programs/Service Learning/Documents)
        • The online CPR Form will be confirmed and the agency will be contact by San Jose City College

How does the agency help  the student?

The agency staff should have a clear understanding of what student  responsibilities will be and be willing to help the students meet those  responsibilities. Students will engage in activities which provide direct  service to the people whom the agency serves.

Agency staff give the support necessary for the students to work  at least 80% with clients. The remaining time may be spent supporting the work  of the agency, so long as the students are not expected to run programs or  engage in planning and developing programs for the agency.

An agency agrees to  provide an orientation or training for SJCC students.


The orientations are run by agency staff and generally have these  goals:

  • Familiarize  the student volunteers with the agency and staff

  • Inform students of their responsibilities while at the site,  listen to students' needs and goals,

  • Provide information and suggestions to  help students benefit from their experience.

  • Offer tips for getting started, and  about avoiding pitfalls.

  • Define the scope of the authority of the  students.

  • Explain the benefit of their presence to clients and  the benefit of clients to students.

If possible, supplemental materials, such as a volunteer handbook,  should be furnished.  A participating agency will be asked to fill out an evaluation  form for the San Jose City College Service Learning Program.​

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