RISE is Service
What is Service-Learning?
Service-Learning allows you, the student, to apply what you’re learning in class to a real life situation. In essence, the world around you becomes another textbook on your way to meeting the goals of your course. Service-learning gets you out into the surrounding community (or maybe on campus somewhere) to help meet the need of an organization or a social group while also increasing your own understanding of the topics in your class. For your marketing class, you might come up with an outreach strategy for an organization that supports immigrants. Or volunteer at a soup kitchen throughout the quarter to better understand food insecurity as part of your nutrition class. You might design a community garden alongside veterans for a sustainability program. Or give much appreciated company to homeless teens for a sociology class. No matter what you do in your service-learning course, you will make the community around you a better place, learn more about social and/or environmental issues, and walk away from your class with a stronger application of its concepts and theories. Plus, service-learning looks good on résumés and transfer applications!
Your instructor is here to support you in making this a robust learning opportunity for you. Don’t hesitate to talk with them with any questions or concerns. And if you have questions about service-learning more generally, stop by our office or send an email to Sapan Parekh.
What classes offer Service-Learning?
Check out this list of awesome classes RISE is working with this quarter. Scroll down to get to the list of current service-learning and community engaged courses. Service-Learning courses may be eligible for the transcript notation in service-learning.
What is the “transcript notation for service-learning”?
Bellevue College wants to officially recognize the amazing work you’ve done in your service-learning course by giving you a special notation on your transcript. This notation will appear as a new course in your transcript: SRVLN 001. It will link to the course that had the service-learning component.
When you put your service-learning coursework on your resume or your transfer application, this special notation will confirm that you did, indeed, do the service, and thus gained valuable skills and life experience in the process. If you want help with how to to incorporate service-learning into your resume or application, reach out to the Center for Career Connections.
To qualify for the transcript notation, you must:
- Take a course with a robust service-learning component
- Complete the service (doing a minimum of 16 hours OR delivering a final product) with an external partner, as designed by the instructor
- Demonstrate learning by completing all relevant assignments with adequate depth and reflection, as determined by the instructor
If a course you’re taking seems like a great candidate to offer the transcript notation, let the instructor know to reach out to RISE. And if you are uncertain about whether you qualify, check with your instructor and/or with RISE.
What is BC in the Community?
BC in the Community is Bellevue College’s service-learning and volunteer portal. It currently lists over 125 non-profit and government agencies from throughout the region – North Bend to Seattle, Skykomish to Des Moines – and home on campus. These agencies provide volunteer opportunities to help students build their own “service resumes” that can go with them when they leave the college.
For your service-learning class, you will likely be asked to use this portal. For more information about how to master it, check out the BC in the Community Student Guide. If you have any questions, ask your instructor or reach out to RISE.
What if I want to volunteer outside of my course?
Great question! We strongly encourage everyone to consider volunteering regularly, as the Seattle area and the Eastside are vibrant communities that could always use support from passionate people like you.
If you’re interested in volunteering off-campus on your own, you can do one of two things:
- Register with BC in the Community. The agencies regularly post upcoming and ongoing volunteer opportunities. If you don’t find something you like, you can reach out to the agencies directly to start a conversation.
- Visit the Center for Career Connections (B-231) to set up a time to meet with RISE about which organizations and opportunities are right for you. Open slots are:
- Tuesdays 2pm and 2:45pm
- Wednesdays 10am and 10:45am
If you’re interested in volunteering on-campus (remember, BC is a community too!), then stop by Peer to Peer in the C Building or email the office directly. The BC in the Community portal lists some on-campus opportunities, as well, though Peer to Peer has a more diverse offering of opportunities.