about Service Learning

Service learning is a form of experiential education that partners academic instruction with community service. Students learn through participation in thoughtfully organized service activities that are course relevant and meet actual community needs.  Each semester approximately 60 courses at MiraCosta College offer a service component either as an option or a requirement. Students are placed in non-profit organizations and public schools where they provide a variety of support services. These placements allow students to apply course theory in real world settings while making valuable community contributions. The Service Learning & Volunteer Center also houses an emergency food pantry, available to current MiraCosta students.

Student Advocates

The center hires a student leadership team of service oriented students who are passionate about education, community, advocacy, social justice, and equity. Student Advocates are assigned to a local Title I school or a local non-profit that supports a local Title I school. Their role is to assist the school with literacy and STEAM activities that promote higher learning. Advocates also work in the center and use their paid office hours as an opportunity to share service opportunities with other college students. Advocates tasks include: office hours, promote program services, assist students with food pantry services, and help coordinate service projects that raise awareness on issues connected with education, community, social justice, and equity. Recruitment for each year's new team begins in late spring.

Program News

LogoCongratulations to MiraCosta College for being named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. The Honor Roll recognizes higher education institutions that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities. The Honor Roll is recognition from the highest levels of the federal government for commitment to service and civic engagement.

Program Staff

Mailing Address
MiraCosta College
Service Learning, #10B
1 Barnard Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056

Oceanside Campus
Student Services, Room 3306--next to admissions and records
Campus Map
P 760.795.6616

Oceanside Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Evening appointments are available by request, and appointments at the San Elijo and CLC campus are available upon request too.