Successful Service Learning is a multifaceted teaching and learning process. Each Service Learning project is uniquely tailored to meet specific learning goals and Albuquerque’s needs and are critical for success. Successful Service Learning projects have specific learning objectives, and many of the best are tied to multiple areas of academics. Through a student centered inquiry process; students plan, prepare, act, reflect and demonstrate.
Community Engagement pedagogies, often called “service learning,” are ones that combine learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
Tech is committed to preparing our students for the real world. Tech’s Freshman and Sophomores partner with Albuquerque organizations, centers, and schools to obtain on-site leadership skills and training. This allows the Tech students to step into a leadership role and build their resume for future job employment.
Student Benefits of Service Learning
√ Learning Outcomes
√ Positive impact on students’ academic learning
√ Improves students’ ability to apply what they have learned in “the real world”
√ Improved ability to understand complexity and ambiguity
√ Positive impact on academic outcomes such as demonstrated complexity of understanding, problem analysis, problem-
solving, critical thinking, and cognitive development
√ Greater sense of personal efficacy, personal identity, spiritual growth, and moral development
√ Greater interpersonal development, particularly the ability to work well with others, and build leadership and
√ Reduced stereotypes and greater inter-cultural understanding
√ Improved social responsibility and citizenship skills
√ Greater involvement in community service after graduation
√ Connections with professionals and community members for learning and career opportunities
√ Greater academic learning, leadership skills, and personal efficacy can lead to greater opportunity
Relationship with the Institution
√ Stronger relationships with Advisors
√ Greater satisfaction with college
√ Improved graduation rates
Staff Benefits of Service Learning
√ Satisfaction with the quality of student learning
√ Providing networking opportunities with engaged faculty in other disciplines or institutions
Tech Service Learning Sites
Tech partners with 4 Elementary Schools that allows Tech students to work with elementary school students; Manzano Mesa Elementary, Chelwood Elementary, Whittier Elementary and the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Tech students teach the elementary students to read, write, play, bake and create art. The Tech students become the leaders and role models for the young children. The Tech students help the teachers prepare for their classes, such as copying, cutting out lamination, organizing, cleaning up, preparing snack time and so much more.
Manzano Mesa Elementary
NM School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Tech partners with 1 organization, The Storehouse. Tech students prepare food boxes, guide customers, organize shipments, clean, and check out customers. The Storehouse supports Albuquerque’s working poor who are struggling to feed themselves and their families. Money is tight for everyone, but one illness, a reduction of work hours, or any setback can leave a family wondering where their next meal is coming from. The Storehouse provides FREE food to people who are struggling, regardless of race or faith. The Storehouse is in constant need of donations of money and food. The Storehouse relies entirely on donations and volunteers in this mission. The Storehouse is a private pantry, not a government agency.
Tech Partners with 1 Center, The Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center. Tech students work in the computer lab to help those who need to set up email, social media accounts, send documents, download pictures, download music and create word documents. This allows those who do not have the knowledge or access to technology to gain them through Tech students. Also, Tech students help in the cafeteria by seating members and eating with them to keep them company. Plus, Tech students will play pool, basketball, table tennis, shuffleboard and pickleball with the members. This allows Tech students to learn to play these sports and keep another company.
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center
Tech also does Service Learning when the community reaches out to Tech for support. Tech responds by choosing and Advisory to support the community as needed. Tech has supported various community organizations this school year. Tech has supported Van Buren Middle School through beautifying their community garden. tech has supported the City of Albuquerque through Mayor Keller’s “Keep America Beautiful” initiative. Tech is partnering with organizations and schools in the Southeast to support Mayor Keller’s initiative. Tech will continue to respond to our community member’s requests so the students will understand and recognize the importance of their place within their community.
Community Members, if you need support in any way, please reach out to Tech so that we are able to help. Tech is always looking for opportunities to partner and reinforce the importance of community partnerships.