Student pulling trash
Students at Highlander Research and Education Center
students at a habitat for humanity


  "We are prone to judge success by the index of our salaries or the size of our automobiles rather than by the quality of our service and relationship to mankind." -Martin Luther King Jr.


 STUDENTS: Register in MyPellissippi before beginning your service


Why Serve Your Community While Earning Your Degree?

As a student balancing school with a job, family and a host of other obligations in your life, you may think that you cannot afford to devote any time to community service.

Actually, you cannot afford not to.

Serving your community while you earn your degree will benefit you as a student, future professional, and person. If you are looking to maximize the value of your college education, Service-Learning experiences offered through your Pellissippi State classes will connect the theories and ideas you learn in the classroom to the issues and challenges you will encounter in the real world after graduation. In addition, doing community service makes you more marketable by increasing your ability to solve problems, work well with others, and improve your communication skills. In short, being civically engaged is a great resume builder.  Community partners need your abilities and talents, and your future employer will appreciate the well-roundedness you demonstrated by serving your community WHILE you earned your degree.

Interested in taking a class with a Service-Learning component but not sure where to find them? Contact the college's Office of Service-Learning to find out which courses will be offered each semester:

PSCC Students at Beardsley Community Farm

Students in a PSCC English Composition course researching "food deserts" and organic farming at downtown Knoxville's Beardsley Community Farm.

What are the Benefits of Service-Learning?

  • Links course work to real life experiences, improving the learning process
  • Develops research, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills
  • Provides career experience
  • Provides understanding of how to access the larger community as a resource for skill-building and learning
  • Helps students identify multiple community stakeholders and their interests to see multiple viewpoints, which will improve their human relations skills
  • Allows interaction with diverse populations
  • Engages students in community problem-solving at local, national, and international levels
  • Allows students to build connections within their community and make a difference, addressing the needs of that community

Okay, I Registered with ServiceCorps.

How Do I Get Started Serving My Community?


1. Take Classes with a Service Component

Pellissippi State offers many classes that have a service component tied into the existing course goals. These include regular classes in courses like English, Spanish, Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Math, and many more--as well as "standalone" Service-Learning courses like SERV2410 where you can go even deeper into the community service experience. Please contact for details.

2. Or Register Via ServiceCorps to Find the Right Community Partner for your Time and Talents - Click Here!

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Additional Student Resources

Student Guide to Service-Learning

This guide can be used as a tool to understand your role in Service-Learning and to prepare you for service in the community.