Student Support

Community Partner Tour


After your organization has connected with an SMC instructor and has decided both the organizational goals and course learning objectives align, an in-person optional tour of the organization with the SMC instructor is recommended.  In some cases, an SMC instructor may not be available to visit in person and may request a phone conference or the Applied and Service Learning Coordinator may fill in for the instructor.

Topics to cover during the Community Partner Tour include:

Overview of the Organization

  • Mission, Values, Goals, etc.
  • Community Needs
  • Client Base
  • Programs and Services
  • Tour of the facilities with Brief Introductions of Staff

Overview of the SMC Course

  • Learning Plan/Learning Objectives
  • Applied and Service Learning Student Hour Requirement
  • Reflection Component

Applied and Service Learning Placement

  • Student and Community Partner Expectations
  • Applied and Service Learning Project
  • Skills/Knowledge/Resources Needed by the Student
  • Supervisor Contact Information
  • Safety and Emergency Procedures
  • Orientation, Training, and Supervision
  • Student Work Space Area/Materials
  • Arrangement of student hours (scheduled as a group to serve together or arranged per individual student)
  • Check-In and Check-Out Procedures for Tracking Hours