Service Learning

The Service Learning program is designed to promote and foster student engagement by connecting students to communities through a required service experience.

Welcome from the President

Make a difference in your community while gaining real world community service experience. Whatever your major or interest, Northland has a variety of Service Learning Experiences for you to choose from. Some opportunities include tutoring or mentoring children, assisting with hospice care, fundraising for a non-profit, etc. With service learning, you will gain a competitive edge with future employers and schools while gaining knowledge about your community and the importance of civic engagement.

What will you gain through community service learning?

As a student participating in Northland’s Service Learning Program, you will:

  • Engage in direct service to the community
  • Learn about your selected community partner
  • Learn how the community partner makes a positive impact on the community
  • Enhance your overall academic experience by going beyond the classroom into the community

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning is provided by developing partnerships between academia and local community organizations to offer students service experience, which enhances the student's overall learning and academic experience, while increasing community awareness. The partnership is mutually beneficial for both the student(s) and the community.

How Service Learning works?

Students who begin taking classes at Northland in the fall semester of 2017 will be required to complete a Service Learning experience in order to become eligible for graduation from any Associates Degree program.

The Service Learning experience will be comprised of a cumulative of eight hours of volunteer service with an approved agency, institution, or non-profit organization. In addition, the student will be required to submit a paper reflecting on the Service Learning experience to a faculty member for evaluation.

Mission & Goals


Support and promote student success and engagement through curricular community service to enhance students' civic responsibility and personal growth while providing a positive impact on the community.


  • Enhance student learning through practical experiences in the local community
  • Enable students to provide needed assistance to community partners
  • Provide a positive impact on the community, students, and college