Service Learning

Service Learning Program

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The Service Learning Program links San José City College as a community of learners with real-world experiences in our modern world. It allows students to experience a meaningful community service that is tied to their college studies. By connecting the classroom to real-world experiences, students enhance their understanding of course content and also foster an appreciation of the importance of civic engagement.

For more information about the guidelines for community partners, faculty, and students, please access the forms below.

About the Program

The Service Learning Program at San José City College is an educational support program. It is a bridge between global and local, theory and practice, teaching and administration, and teaching and research. What we seek to develop in students is a new understanding of these relationships and how they transform the individual activities or domains students encompass, and how they reframe our understanding of the relationship between the college and the community. This is done through a specialized form of learning known as experiential learning.

  Experiential learning is: 

    • A pedagogical tool available to instructors to further their classroom goals

    • Resembles community service

    • To foster a paradigm shift in the minds of students, the result of which is a significantly altered worldview

    • To provide the student with personal experiences quite different from their own so that their perceptions of the world will expand and become more accurate

Service learning is generally defined as an instructional methodology integrating community service with academic instruction as it focuses on critical, reflective thing, and civic responsibility. Three factors characterize the project as San José City College:

  1. The role of the local community in shaping and accomplishing the mission of the college

  2. The extensive participation of faculty members

  3. The role of students as learners, not volunteers

Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

To create a lasting partnership between the college and the community that encourages a continued discussion between both parties, so that the project is directly responsive to and shaped by the community.


  • To bring life experiences of diverse peoples into the consciousness of the college community
  • To create situations in which faculty, staff, and students can interact with the everyone in the community
  • To integrate and supplement theory with practice in the curriculum of the college, so that concern for the welfare of our community is at the heart of the educational effort of the college
  • To promote enhanced learning by all students and especially those who learn best experientially



Contact Us

Service Learning Program

San José City College
Student Services Center
Room SC115J​


(408) 288-3177​

Steering Committee

Keiko Kimura
Dean Language Arts​

Elizabeth Eckford
Program Specialist

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