Service Learning at Bay State College

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What is Service Learning?

Service learning at Bay State College is an educational process in which students collaborate with faculty to identify individualized learning objectives that foster social responsibility through self-directed action and guided reflection.

The faculty and students at Bay State College work with community organizations to design collaborative projects that address community issues and that allow students to develop and apply academic and critical thinking skills.

Service-learning experiences and structured reflection provide students with the opportunity to make connections between academic course content and community issues, in the broader context of civic engagement. Service-learning also facilitates the exchange of ideas, knowledge and resources between Bay State College and the local community, the New England area, and beyond.

Service Learning at Bay State College:

Service-Learning was an active part of campus life this past academic year, particularly in the Physical Therapist Assistant Program with hundreds of hours donated to community partners.  Examples of Service Learning initiatives include:

  • Children’s Hospital Bloodmobile Blood Drive
    • Collaborated with nursing, management, Mass Department of Transportation
  • Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic
    • Collaborated with recorders and readers
  • Greater Boston Food Bank
    • Collaborated with homeless and professionals
  • Greenlock Therapeutic Horseback Riding
    • Collaborated with OTs, PTs, and riding staff