Green Mountain College recognizes the importance of a strong relationship with the greater Poultney community, and the value these interactions add to a liberal arts education. Our faculty is highly encouraged to integrate service learning into their coursework curriculum. This cultivates in students a sense of responsibility for the welfare of others, promotes partnerships between the College and local community, and enhances a fuller understanding of social, economic and environmental sustainability.
The Sustainability Office’s Outreach Program and the Service Learning Program collaborate in coordinating many of these projects and help students and faculty find new ways to engage with community partners. Students in every field contribute to service-learning efforts each year, in projects ranging from environmental research and restoration, to teaching elementary school kids about outdoor living skills.
Service learning is a teaching method that links course objectives with meaningful community service experiences. Students gain a greater understanding of practical real-world problems and how to create solutions utilizing the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom.
Service-learning takes time and effort on the part of many community members. Below are some service-learning and community service facts for the last two years. Estimated hours are derived from a faculty survey and the definition for community service is derived from STARS: