Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.33
Liaison Kristy Howell
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Johnson County Community College
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.55 / 5.00 Kristy Wittman Howell
Sustainability Education and Engagement Coordinator
Center for Sustainability
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

Several JCCC Awards include community service as part of the criteria on which they are based. They include: the Colleague Award; Distinguished Service Award; Leadership in Service Learning Award; and the Spotlight Award all evaluate community service in their measures.

Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Community Based Learning took place in 12 courses in Fall 2018 (engaging 86 students, though 391 were offered the opportunity to engage) and in 19 courses in Spring 2019 (engaging 205 students though 345 had the opportunity to engage). Service learning was incorporated in 31 non-honors courses and in one honors course over the 2018/2019 academic year.

Thanks to service learning imbedded in courses, JCCC was actively present in supporting 46 community organizations in fall 2018 and 59 community organizations in the spring 2019. Students in these courses contributed 2628.25 hours over the course of fall 2018 and 3001.53 hours over the course of spring 2019. JCCC students engaged in community based learning clearly strengthen the community by responding to its needs.

Service learning is also happening over the summer, a time when JCCC students serve communities beyond the bounds of the county and sometimes beyond the national borders. In summer 2019, eleven students traveled to Las Pintas, Mexico, to install solar panels to help the local community. They contributed a total of 440 hours of service. Seven other students served the local community: contributing a total of 47.5 hours to the JCCC campus farm, the Public Library in Lawrence, JCCC CLEAR Program, KC Pet Project or JCCC Tiny House.

Over the course of the 2018/2019 academic year, JCCC students contributed a total of 6,237.78 hours of service, more of which was integrated in the curriculum (see Community Based Learning Newsletter attached). Service learning is successfully integrated in courses in disciplines such as Sociology, Leadership, Environmental Science, Education, Dental Hygiene, English, Political Science, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology or Religious Studies. It is a definite value added to the JCCC and local community.

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