Student Resources

Getting Started Checklist (PDF)
Register for Service Corps Video
Report Service Hours Video
Service Medallion Request for Students Video


Premier Partners

These premier partners have dynamic information about local non-profits in our area. Students, please use these databases to find opportunities. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Students in most cases, it is your responsibility to find a partner to work with. If you do not see the non-profit you want to work with, that’s fine. Just be sure to work with a community agency that has non-profit status and report your hours with good contact information for that organization.

 Volunteer East TN logo

Alliance for Better Nonprofits logo


Important NOTE: If your organization is not listed with either of our Premier Partners, that is ok as long as they are a non-profit agency.  You can share their information when you report your service hours.


Requests for Proposals for Student Projects from Community Organizations
(This form is not for current students)

Defining Service Learning

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

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. Click here for additional faculty resources.

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.

Employers often look for graduates who demonstrate service.



Contact Us


Tracey Farr
Academic Coordinator of Service-Learning