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Community-Based Learning Resources for Students

What is Community-Based Learning (CBL)?

CBL Certificate begins with CBL 101How many times have you spent hours on a paper or project, only for it to be seen and graded by the instructor, and then filed away or thrown out?

With community-based learning, you do real projects that make a difference in the community. For example: instead of creating a brochure for an invented company, you produce a brochure for a local nonprofit organization that is used long after your grade is recorded. During this process, you:

  • Learn how to work with a client
  • Learn more about the community in which you live
  • Contribute a valuable service to the community
  • Add to your resume or portfolio
  • Make contacts that will be valuable to your career

Benefits of Community-Based Learning for Students:

  • Provides an opportunity to apply classroom learning to real life settings
    • Enhances your understanding of subject matter
    • Reinforces lectures and readings
    • Connects students to each other
    • Helps with problem solving
  • Promotes personal growth
    • Enhances your self esteem
    • Breaks down ethnocentrism
    • Develops leadership skills
    • Broadens your world view
    • Promotes further community involvement
  • Enhances career development
    • Helps solidify ideas of future career plans
    • Builds resumes
    • Develops networks
    • Connects students with future job opportunities
Exploring Future Careers with Community Based Learning 101
2014 Community-Based Learning 101 Student Showcase

Community-Based Learning Course Archive

Did you know that Parkside offers its students community-based courses every semester? There are approximately thirty courses every fall and spring semester that have CBL credit. There are courses available from many different disciplines; from Communication and Sociology to Biology, Art, and Business. Courses are often added to this list after the term begins. Visit the CBL Course Archive for an updated list. You can earn:

  • Credits toward the Community-Based Learning Certificate
  • Job networking and contacts
  • Increased motivation to learn
  • Greater understanding of classroom concepts
  • Deepened sense of belonging to a community
  • And much, much more!

Opportunities for students to becoming involved with Civic Engagement:

  • Community-Based Learning Courses -Take a course that is designated as providing CBL credit
  • Community Based Learning Certificate - Take multiple courses designated as providing CBL credit that can count towards a Certificate in Community-Based Learning
  • Civic Honors Designation - Integrate coursework and college experience with a civic issue which you are passionate about.


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