Pellissippi State is committed to Service-Learning for our students. This is our guiding definition from the Tennessee Board of Regents:

Service-learning 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. Curriculum includes structured field-based “experiential learning” alongside community partners, which reinforces course learning outcomes.

Our program seeks to engage faculty, students, and community partners using this process:

  • Assign - Faculty creates a Service-Learning assignment as part of the course plan with clear links to course learning outcomes.
  • Connect - Students connect with community partners that have project needs aligned with assignment learning outcomes.
  • Serve - Students serve with the community partner to meet the assignment objectives.
  • Reflect - Students reflect on their experience and share what they learned.

Benefits to all

Employers often look for graduates who demonstrate service. Students who serve at least 60 hours during their career at Pellissippi State can request a Service Medallion of Distinction to wear at Commencement.  Students who engage in Service-Learning can grow their network and be exposed to community development and their personal contribution as a corporate citizen.

Faculty who offer this high impact practice will see increased student engagement and opportunities for connections with other faculty in different departments and recognition with the college and the greater community.

Community Partners can leverage their limited resources by accessing skilled volunteers that allow them to finish projects they might otherwise not have the resources to complete.  They can also be highlighted and their needs will be shared for marketing purposes.

Our Process

Under the myPellissippi link, students and faculty can register and report their Service-Learning hours and get verification of their hard work.

Contact Us


Tracey Farr
Academic Coordinator of Service-Learning

Calendar of Service Events

Community Service Opportunities