Northwestern State University’s Office of Service-Learning will host a training session workshop to provide community agencies with information about developing service projects with NSU students.


Northwestern State University’s Office of Service-Learning will host a training session workshop to provide community agencies with information about developing service projects with NSU students. The session will provide attendees with information about service-learning, examples of past projects and resources that will explain the step-by-step process of developing a service-learning project.  The workshop will be conducted by NSU’s Director of Service-Learning Steve Gruesbeck and Jim Hurley, Americorps VISTA volunteer.

 

“Steve and I will engage the audience in a one-hour presentation that will discuss the difference between internships, community service, field education and service-learning,” Hurley said.  “By providing examples of each service program, audience members will develop a greater understanding about how service-learning can be a resource to their project or organization.  Past examples of collaboration between NSU courses and community organizations will demonstrate the services students can provide and how the hands-on experience enhances the goals of the academic course.”  

 

The workshop will also explain the process of creating a service-learning project.  Participants will learn how to explain their needs to the Office of Service-Learning, find a suitable faculty partner, discuss needs and expectations with the faculty member, develop a project, sign an agreement, and appropriately introduce students to the on-site service location.  Liability, supervision, preparing students for service and evaluation will be covered in the presentation as well.

 

             The workshop will take place from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, July 9 in Room 315 of Bienvenu Hall.  Any individual or agencies in the community are invited to attend. No advance registration is required.  For more information, contact Gruesbeck at (318) 357-5911.