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Dear Service-Learning Student:

On behalf of Bethel University, we want to welcome you into this dynamic learning experience. By taking a community engaged learning course you are entering into a learning experience that connects classroom content with real-life experiences and community knowledge. In order for you to successfully complete your community engaged learning experience, we kindly request that you review the following information.

Community Engaged Learning is the combination of academic coursework with carefully planned, meaningful service that provides direct benefits to the community.  Each student will spend 25 hours throughout the semester working with a community organization. STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO START WORKING WITH THEIR COMMUNITY PARTNER WITHIN THE FIRST 4 WEEKS OF THE SEMESTER AND WORK WITH THAT SITE UNTIL THE LAST WEEK OF CLASS.    

The goals of Community Engaged Learning are:

  • To enhance classroom learning

  • To provide direct service that benefits the community

  • To promote civic responsibility and social justice

As a service-learning student you need to commit to the following:

  1. Complete the community engaged learning site application (this must be done by the second class period of the semester.  If you fail to complete this application, your course grade will be negatively impacted)

  2. Contact your placement agency to schedule orientation training. (This must be done by Monday of the second week of classes.  The Bethel service-learning office will introduce you to your site supervisor through an e-mail at the end of the first week of class.  It is your responsibility to follow up with that e-mail.)

  3. Arrange for your own transportation to your site.  (The Bethel service-learning office will share a list of other students serving at your site or a site nearby so that you can easily arrange to carpool.)

  4. Every other week complete an hours form.  This will be sent to you through an e-mail by the Bethel service-learning office.

  5. Communicate regularly with your classroom instructor and site organization supervisor regarding questions, concerns, or learning needs.

  6. Complete reflections and assignments in the course syllabus

  7. Each site supervisor will provide an individual evaluation of each student.  Here is a copy of the evaluation form that site supervisors will compete at the end of the semester.  Service-Learning Student Evaluation  

  8. My e-mail and phone can be shared with the site coordinator and other Bethel service-learning students for this project.

We would highly recommend that you start planning now for this experience.  Please look over the available community organizations (FSU S-L SITES)  and the times that you are able to volunteer at each site.  Once you have identified a site and times to volunteer, fill out the FSU COMMUNITY ENGAGED LEARNING APPLICATION.

Any questions or concerns, please contact Tanden Brekke at 651-635-8693 or t-brekke@bethel