Community Involvement

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT COURSES
WORK EXPERIENCE DEPARTMENT


COURSE DESCRIPTION

Community Involvement courses allow students to enroll in a self-directed, graded experiential learning class and provide service to the community. Units are earned by volunteering at a variety of non-profit organizations and public institutions, including schools, hospitals, animal care facilities and various social service and environmental agencies.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of these courses, the student will be able to:
1. Develop specific, measurable work based learning objectives
2. Evaluate the volunteer activity through written analysis

UNITS AND HOURS REQUIRED FOR ENROLLMENT

Maximum of three (3) units allowed each semester; a maximum of six (6) units each may be earned for CI 51, CI 53 and CI 54 over the course of attendance at Santa Rosa Junior College. Units may be applied to an AA/AS degree in California up to the number allowed as elective units and are transferable to the CSU system.

Hours per semester Units
25 .5
50 1.0
75 1.5
100 2.0
125 2.5
150 3.0

ALL VOLUNTEER HOURS MUST BE COMPLETED BY_________________________


ENROLLMENT PROCESS /FIRST STEPS

1. New students must schedule and complete an informational meeting with the instructor; if needed, the instructor can assist with identifying appropriate volunteer opportunities. You will be given an add code at this meeting. Returning students, if they are staying at the same agency, can pick up the SRJC Community Involvement Agreement form directly from the Work Experience offices at either campus.

2. Students are required to develop 3-4 learning objectives in consultation with their volunteer site supervisor; these objectives must focus on new learning. Before your supervisor signs them, send them via email to the CI instructor for final input and approval unless you are a Health Occupations or Note Taking volunteer.

3. Once the objectives are approved and signed by you and your supervisor, turn in the Community Involvement Form, white copy only. You should be registered for the class by this time. Forms can be faxed, emailed or dropped off at either Work Experience office on both campuses.

STUDENT ESSAY REQUIREMENT

All students are required to write a 2 page or longer Student Essay. Your instructor will provide the directions, grading criteria and deadline.

Essays are graded on a 30-point basis as follows:

ORGANIZATION/GRAMMAR: Includes cohesive organization as well as correct sentence and paragraph structure, spelling, punctuation and mechanics 8 points
CONTENT/CREATIVITY: Includes how questions above are answered, evidence of critical thinking, reflection and thoroughness of response in report. 20 points
PRESENTATION: Includes the appearance of your paper, the layout and overall impression. (No folders, please.) 2 points

END OF SEMESTER

Your volunteer site supervisor must grade each objective, verify hours worked and sign the yellow copy of the CI form which will then be returned to your CI instructor.


COURSE GRADING CRITERIA

1. Kept appointments/responsive to instructor’s contacts 0 - 10 points
2. Wrote specific, measurable objectives; turned in signed
objectives sheet at beginning of semester
0 - 20 points
3. Student Essay.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION_______________________
0 - 30 points
4. Evaluation of objectives by signed supervisor.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION______________________
0 - 30 points
5. Hours verified by supervisor on bottom of CI Agreement Form.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION______________________
0 - 10 points
TOTAL 100 points
Note: Health Occupations also turn in separate time sheet