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Service Learning

Combining learning in the classroom
with service to the community.

Green Mountain College recognizes the importance of a strong relationship with the local community, and the value these interactions add to a liberal arts education. Students in every field of study contribute to service-learning efforts each year, in projects ranging from environmental research and restoration, to teaching elementary school kids about outdoor living skills.

The Office of Service-Learning assists in coordinating many of these projects and helps students and faculty find new ways to engage with community partners.

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.

Quick Facts
Service-learning takes time and effort on the part of many community members. Below are some service-learning and community service during the 2012-13 academic year:

  • Over 4,400 hours of community service were completed by students.
  • Over 2,200 hours of service learning were completed by students
  • Over 5,000 hours of community service were completed by students.
  • More than $8,500 grants were awarded to 9 GMC faculty members working on a wide range of service learning projects involving the GMC biomass plant to developing environmental education programming for Vermont's department of Fish and Wildlife read more
  • More than 30 classes participated in service-learning projects.
  • A national survey shows GMC students to be highly engaged in active and collaborative learning. Read the survey results.
  • Zach Killian (Class 2014) was awarded the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows Award. Zach is the third GMC student to receive this award, with Meiko Lunetta receiving this award in 2012 and Katie Emerson receiving this award in 2011
  • Binh Bui (Class 2014) worked as a Vermont Campus Compact-sponsored intern (summer 2013) at the Southeastern Vermont Irene Long-Term Recovery Committee program helping families who are struggling to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Irene read more


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