Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement at Northern Oklahoma College connects community partners with NOC students, faculty, and staff. Our mission is to complement the traditional aims of higher education with principles of active and responsible citizenship through service-learning and volunteer outreach. Whether you are a student looking for service opportunities, faculty who wish to incorporate service learning into coursework, or an organization in need of volunteers, we are here to serve you.

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

~Anne Frank

Letter from the Academic Service Learning Coordinator

April 7, 2016

To NOC faculty and instructors--

The National Youth Leadership Councils (NYLC) defines service learning as "an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs."

NYLC uses this example--

Picking up trash on a river bank is service.

Studying water samples under a microscope is learning.

When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency – that is service-learning.

Before completing service learning projects, students should complete the form linked below.  In addition, individual agencies might require students to complete liability forms.

If you plan to have a service learning component, please email me at a description of the component in a few sentences. In addition, let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of any help as you plan a service learning endeavor to enrich students’ classroom experience.

Dr. Rae Ann Kruse
Dean of Academic Services




Civic Engagement in Action at Northern Oklahoma College