Bristol Community College

Bristol Community College
http://bristolcc.edu/

Civic Engagement Mission Statement

The mission of Bristol Community College's (BCC's) Civic Engagement Program is to enhance student learning through the integration of academic learning in courses or through participation in community service, while encouraging civic engagement, social responsibility, development of workforce and community leadership skills and the ability to reflect on the connection between civic engagement and academic achievement.

How is this mission accomplished?

 

A. Service-Learning

  • A student’s learning is enhanced though service-learning by gaining theoretical knowledge from participation in an academic course in which the instructor offers a service-learning option in lieu of other academic activities, performing a needed service that is related to the course content at a nonprofit agency or organization in the community, and reflecting upon how the work is conceptually linked to the course material, the service work, and implications for social change.
  • Students must complete online Pre-Service Training and the Pre-Service Self-Test prior to performing community service.
  • Students may elect to serve with a BCC Community Partner or find a course-related placement with a non-profit agency or organization in their community. Instructors may contact community partners and arrange for individual or group placements for students in their courses. Students must submit a Pre-Service-Learning Contract signed by the student, course professor and Community Partner supervisor to the Civic Engagement program clerk prior to engaging in the service.
  • The Community Partner supervisor trains, supervises, and mentors the student when serving onsite and evaluates his or her work performance.
  • Instructors who incorporate service-learning into their courses help students apply theoretical learning to their practical service experiences through class discussions and reflection activities, foster their own and students' engagement in the learning process, and help develop an engaged citizenry.
  • Upon completion, the student evaluates all aspects of his or her service-learning experience. The instructor of the course offering service-learning designs a reflection assignment that supports course objectives, evaluates the student’s work, and reports satisfactory completion of it to the Director of Civic Engagement who arranges for the notation “Service-Learning Component” to be included under the course title on the student’s academic transcript.
  • A student who performs service-learning has an opportunity to gain community leadership skills through training and mentoring provided by either the Civic Engagement Program Staff, Director of Student Life, faculty, or students who are trained Community Service-Learning Leaders and by gaining leadership skills and experience from supervising and mentoring other service-learning students engaged in community service projects.

B. Community Service.

  • A student’s learning is also enhanced though participation in community service. Students may elect to serve with a BCC Community Partner, find a placement with a non-profit agency or organization in their community or serve with a college service club or organization. Before the end of each semester, the student documents his or her service by completing a co-curricular Community Service Record and submitting it to the Civic Engagement Program clerk.
  • A student who performs community service has an opportunity to gain community leadership skills through training and mentoring provided by either the Civic Engagement Program Staff, Director of Student Life, faculty, or students who are trained Community Service-Learning Leaders and by gaining leadership skills and experience from supervising and mentoring other service-learning students engaged in community service projects.

Support Provided by the Civic Engagement Program Staff

 

The Civic Engagement Program Staff provide the following services:

    • Recruits non-profit agencies and organizations throughout the Bristol County Community who are willing to form a mutually beneficial partnership with the college for the purpose of educating our students by providing them with meaningful course-related or co-curricular community service experiences that address real community needs that would otherwise go unmet;
    • Encourages BCC faculty to offer a service-learning option to students in their courses and assists them with course redesign efforts to integrate community service and the required reflection activity;
    • Provides online pre-service training for students. Visits classes to discuss opportunities for community service at the invitation of faculty.
    • Encourages students to engage in meaningful course-related or co-curricular community service, assists them in finding suitable placements in non-profit agencies and organizations throughout the Bristol County Community, and provides onsite supervision when staffing permits;
    • Trains, mentors, and supervises students who are interested in becoming Community Service-Learning Leaders who will recruit, supervise, and mentor peers who are engaged in a specific community service project; and
    • Writes grants to secure funding for special projects and educational programs on civic engagement.

Support Provided by BCC Administration

  • The BCC Administration provides the following services:
    • Provides administrative oversight, human resources, and financial support for the service-learning and community service program.
    • Provides opportunities and incentives for students, faculty, staff and administrators at the college to learn about the pedagogy of civic engagement and to participate in service-learning and community service experiences.
    • Provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators to be community partners and to develop service-learning and community service activities in their professional areas of responsibility.

 

How Does Civic Engagement Support BCC’s Mission?

The mission of the Civic Engagement Program is consistent with and supports the following aspects of BCC’s mission, vision statement, and core values concerning community:

  • The Mission of the Community Colleges of Massachusetts:

...Rooted in their communities, the colleges serve as community leaders, identifying opportunities and solutions to community problems and contributing to the region's intellectual, cultural and economic development. ...” (Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.bristol.mass.edu/About/Mission_Statement.cfm)

  • The Mission of Bristol Community College (BCC):

As a learning resource for education and workforce development in southeastern Massachusetts, Bristol Community College provides programs that nurture the region's economic health and wellbeing and enable individuals to make productive life choices. ... The College also develops active partnerships with business and industry, public schools, colleges and universities, and social service agencies to maintain relevance and effectiveness of all credit and noncredit programming. (Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.bristol.mass.edu/About/Mission_Statement.cfm)

BCC’s Vision Statement

Bristol Community College changes the world by changing lives, learner by learner. (Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.bristol.mass.edu/About/Vision_Statement.cfm)

BCC’s Core Values

Bristol Community College supports the following Statement of Core Values as an expression of its shared beliefs and as a foundation on which to build student success and the practice of lifelong learning....

Community

§   Support cultural enrichment and advance economic partnerships throughout our community.

§   Collaborate with regional, educational, health and social service, and business organizations to contribute to our mutual advancement as a community. (Retrieved June 22, 2007, from http://www.bristol.mass.edu/About/core_values.cfm)