Students, Faculty and Staff can get involved in a variety of programs, as well as access service initiatives for the classroom. Our current programs and services include:
Direct Service and Volunteer Opportunities
NJ AmeriCorps/Bonner Leaders Program
Middlesex County College is one of only two community colleges in the national AmeriCorps/Bonner network. Bonner Leaders perform three hundred hours of direct service in local community programs, while also participating in National Student conferences and leadership Training workshops.
Democracy House Club
Started in September 2010, the MCC Service Scholars is the newest initiative at Center. Due to the enormous student interest in direct service and civic engagement, the Center has started a student club dedicated to providing services for the community, as well as promoting student leadership and public service. Service Scholars will also participate in bi-weekly meetings focused on training, service reflection and student development.
Campus-Wide Days of Service
Throughout the academic year, the Center provides one-day opportunities for service to MCC students, faculty and staff. "Days of Service" usually include a guest speaker, as well as reflective panels or workshops to provide an educational component to all service events.
Democracy House provides services and support for faculty interested in implementing a service component to their course. Support includes sample syllabus, class projects and connections to service opportunities in Middlesex County.
Awareness Events and Speakers Series
Throughout the year, the Center, in conjunction with the Department of History and Social Science, strives to sponsor a variety of speakers and educational workshops. Recent events have included an Election Day workshop and a Hunger Banquet highlighting the issue of hunger in our state and county.
The Center strives to provide both critical data to our community partners and an opportunity for MCC students to perform original research. Students enrolled in a number of Center-lead service learning courses, including Contemporary Social Problems and Field Research, work directly with non-profit partners to best match the needs of the community with the academic research of the students.