Why take a Service Learning course?

Find out why students and faculty are excited about learning and making a positive difference in the community! 

Service Learning Showcase

Photo of Service Learning Center students in front of wall that says "Until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream".

Pictured above are faculty and students during the Civil Rights Road Trip. A course that linked history, business and sociology to engage students in the study of our democracy and society. The course culminated in a cross-country trip of study and service.

In service learning, students achieve educational standards by tackling real-life problems in their community.

Some specific benefits include:

  • Enriches student learning of subject matter by integrating classroom concepts with real-world problems and issues
  • Engages students in active learning
  • Increases awareness of community and current societal issues
  • Broadens perspectives of diversity issues and reduces negative stereotypes
  • Develops civic responsibility through active community involvement
  • Improves interpersonal skills, self-awareness, and leadership
  • Allows faculty to be innovative and creative in their teaching approach
  • Enriches and enlivens teaching and learning by extending learning beyond the classroom
  • Supports the college’s vision of “engagement with our community
  • Supports the work of agencies which are often understaffed and under-budgeted
  • Fosters an ethic of service and civic participation in students who will be tomorrow’s volunteers and civic leader

Anthony's Accounting 131/133 - Tax Prep course engaged him in about 30 hours of classroom study where he learned how to prepare personal tax returns. Then, he applied his learning to prepare tax returns for low-income families through a statewide program called Tax Help Colorado. 

Many individuals and families miss out on tax-credits they are entitled to because they aren't familiar with the tax laws and process. Anthony and his classmates prepared taxes for over 304 community members and were able to secure more than $560,000 in refunds for local families.

Anthony Tax Help 2020

" After learning how to prepare taxes
in class, it was great to get real life
experience by helping people."

Servic Learning FAQ

Civic Engagement Opportunities


Jefferson High School Mentor Project

Red Rocks Community College students are supporting and coaching high school students as they complete a capstone project to meet graduation requirements. Mentoring support includes activities such as: brainstorming topics, guidance around time management, project outlining, organization, conducting research, and more. RRCC Student Mentors work with high school students at Jefferson High School in Edgewater.