Student Community Impact

Why Should Students Participate in Community Impact?

  • Increase your understanding of what you are learning in your program courses
  • Gain hands-on experience
  • The possibility of leading to an internship or job!
  • Explore and act on your values and beliefs to make a difference in your community
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • Learn more about community issues and their root causes
  • Improve your ability to adapt to change; become more flexible
  • Develop or enhance your skills in communication, collaboration, and leadership
  • Test out your skills and interests in your career path field
  • Connect with professionals and community members who you will learn from and might be able to use a reference
  • Looks GREAT on a resume
  • Earn an MPTC Community Impact Award! This Award is something you are encouraged to add to your resume/ portfolio.
    • 25 hours – Bronze Award
    • 50 hours – Silver Award
    • 100 hours – Gold Award
    • 200 hours – President’s Award

View past award recipients here: 2018 2019

Three Ways to Participate

Service Learning

Moraine Park Technical College is committed to community engagement and student success. The College supports these commitments through the opportunity for students to participate in service learning and apply their classroom knowledge to an applicable, real world environment. Service Learning is defined as a method of teaching characterized by student participation in an organized service project that meets an identified community need and is connected to course content/ specific learning outcomes with structured reflection relating to the service activity.

*Please note, several MPTC healthcare programs require “clinical hours” for experiential learning by accreditation standards.  Clinical hours are not applicable to service learning.  Unpaid internships or practicum hours may be applicable.  Please contact Anne Lemke, Student Community Impact Coordinator with questions.

Student Volunteers

Moraine Park Technical College is committed to community engagement and student success.  We encourage our students and staff to share your time and talent, connecting and volunteering to help and improve the communities where we live, work and go to school.
How we find opportunities, track hours and reflections: https://www.noblehour.com/morainepark
View our Student Community Impact Handbook for directions and more information.

Instructor-led Service Learning Projects

MPTC instructors are highly encouraged to integrate service learning projects into their course activities.  Service learning gives students the opportunity to volunteer their time and skills to meet a community need as a team member on a project that is meaningful and relative to their area of study.  Instructors provide structured projects that connect with course learning outcomes.

Please use this checklist form to get ready to integrate service learning into your course and work with your associate dean on the plan.

How we find opportunities, track hours and reflections:  https://www.noblehour.com/morainepark

View our Student Community Impact Handbook for directions and more information.

Instructor Information

MPTC instructors are highly encouraged to integrate service learning projects into their course activities.  Service learning gives students the opportunity to volunteer their time and skills to meet a community need as a team member on a project that is meaningful and relative to their area of study.  Instructors provide structured projects that connect with course learning outcomes.

How we find opportunities, track hours and reflections:  https://www.noblehour.com/morainepark

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