Thank you for considering partnering with Gateway Technical College’s Service Learning Center and Service Learning students to complete projects within the community!
Community agencies and organizations (schools, non-profits, etc.) are welcome to propose projects and experiences that students can engage in on your site or in collaboration with your organization. Students would be expected to complete a contract laying out the parameters of the project with you (the site supervisor) prior to the start of the project.
Additionally, faculty who are interested in doing group projects with your organization are expected to contact you prior to the start of the semester to collaborate with you on the expectations of the course objectives that are to be met through the project.
All of our Service Learning projects must be Collaborative, includes good Communication, actively Reflects upon the experience, and is mutually beneficial for all those involved.
Any community organization interested in partnering with the Service Learning Center has a very short process to go through.
- Please contact the Service Learning Center for an appointment. The Service Learning Coordinator prefers to meet at your location, if possible.
This meeting is intended to get a better idea of your expectations of student projects and to answer any and all questions about Gateway’s Service Learning process.
- Upon scheduling the meeting with the Service Learning Center, you will be asked to complete a Needs Assessment Form. This Assessment is intended to give us the best possible idea of the logistics your organization can handle: how many students, hours, days of the week, and trainings required.
This is something that all of our community partners are asked to complete annually.
- At the end of your meeting with the Service Learning Coordinator, you will be asked to sign a Partnership Agreement. This is an overall partnership agreement that states you, as the organization, are willing to partner with Gateway instructors and students in a way that is mutually beneficial. It also states that, as the community partner, you are willing to communicate with the instructor and/or the Service Learning Coordinator in the case of a poorly-placed student, project hiccup or success, and if expectations are not being met.
If you are interested in hosting a service learning student/student group at your sight, please contact the Service Learning Center to make an appointment with the Service Learning Coordinator.