Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) in Massachusetts will establish a civic learning center to support volunteerism, civic involvement and community engagement, reports Community College Times. A $2 million gift from an anonymous donor will endow the program. “Through civic engagement, we empower our students with the understanding of how they can change their community and the world,” MWCC President Daniel Asquino said.
Community-based service learning teaches problem-solving and teamwork, according to the Corporation for National & Community Service.
A new report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, urges colleges and universities to require civic learning. National Journal’s debate on the report focuses on teaching civics to K-12 students, which is entirely appropriate. I argue against requiring community college students, who are juggling classes, jobs and often child care, to add community service to the list of hoops to be jumped through.