Independent Module Online Orientation - Step 1

Step 1: Review the Steps on the Front of the Packet

Start by Getting an Independent Module Enrollment Packet

Pick one up in the Center for Community & Civic Engagement in the Lower Level of the Kirk Student Center (Building 35).

Or download it online on our Forms Page under Student Forms

Please review and follow the steps on the front of the packet in order.

Independent Module is an academic class that you will receive a letter grade for (A,B,C,D,F).  It is not a physical class that you attend at set times; instead, you work with your faculty mentor to complete guided assignments, in addition to your service, to earn the letter grade.  

Understanding Service-Learning

What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a blending of academic study and community service.

Why Would I Want to Do This?

Student who participate in Service-Learning earn course credit for their Community Service. You can network, help others, and work together to make your community a better place. This is an opportunity to put your learning to work. Service-Learning combines volunteer work, internship and academic achievement into one endeavor.

You can choose to be placed in one of many non-profit agencies, educational sites, and government offices.

Honors Students:

Honors students are required to take at least one credit of Service-Learning and fulfill the following program requirements:

  1. Earn a minimum of 15 credits of Honors Classes and,

  2. Complete a one credit service-learning class with Center for Community & Civic Engagement. The service-learning class can be done in one, two, or three credit increments in any of the twenty-one discipline areas offered by Center for Community & Civic Engagement and can either be taken for Honors credit or as a regular service-learning course.

  3. Create and present a reflective session run by Center for Community & Civic Engagement, an MCC class, or community group where an accountable faculty member can be present in order to grade the quality of the presentation.
    Submit an additional five page paper reflecting upon your experience of service as it relates to the honors theme for that semester. If your choice of service and the honors theme for that semester do not lend themselves readily to integration, you may interview and use another service-learning student's experience whose placement site may be more relevant. This paper will be copied to the Honors Program Coordinators.
    Have something published in the MCC Bulletin, local newspapers, Mesa Legend, the various District newsletters, or any other reputable publication subject to pre-approval by the supervising faculty member.

Any student-generated idea that demonstrates innovation, leadership, citizenship, etc is acceptable. The appropriateness of this option will be determined by the faculty supervisor in conjunction with the Honors Program Coordinators. They may take a regular Service-Learning class, or receive honors credits for their Service-Learning. The Honors Website contains more information.

Move on to STEP 2 of the Independent Module Online Orientation