Service-Learning, community service, activities, and civic engagement are essential components of the comprehensive education Iowa Western provides its students. Iowa Western offers a variety of ways for students to learn how to become active citizens in both the local community and in our larger diverse global society. Iowa Western students participate in service-learning projects connected to courses, provide valuable community service for local nonprofit organizations, and are encouraged to become active in civic issues.
Faculty and staff, in partnership with representatives of nonprofit community organizations, design service-learning projects based on two main objectives:
- Meeting community needs, which helps strengthen the community.
- Advancing the students’ understand of specific course content and related civic learning objectives. Strong reflective components are built into the course to help students consider relationships between their service, the course curriculum, and its impact on their personal values and professional goals. There are more than 100 nonprofit agencies in Council Bluffs and surrounding areas that utilize volunteers on a regular basis. There are a number of courses in a variety of disciplines at Iowa Western that include a service-learning component within their curriculum.