Service Learning is

/serving the community
/getting out there
/making a difference

What is Service Learning?

Students participate in hands on experiences while fulfilling educational objectives. They reflect on how what they have learned in the classroom connects to their experiences in servicing the community. Please see our latest brochure by clicking on the link below:


Marie Clucas, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology
(860) 773-1632 |
Office: F16 at Tunxis Community ollege

Who do we serve?

The under-served generally refers to vulnerable populations in a community that cannot meet the economic, social, physical or emotional needs necessary to maintain a basic quality of life.
Service learning offers many opportunities for students, faculty and staff involved. Benefits for students include:

  • Service learning is “learning in action”, and provides academic recognition for services performed
  • Service learning affords students an opportunity to be engaged in a meaningful way by coordinating ways to apply classroom knowledge with real world applications
  • Students build social skills through teamwork, group communication, and team problem solving
  • Students broaden their perspectives on diversity and social issues (qualities employers value)
  • By accepting responsibility for identifying and meeting a critical need, students become more actively involved in community issues which form the foundation for career direction
  • When students connect with the community and the community connects with the school, students become valuable assets in those communities, develop career paths, and improve the quality of life for those most in need
  • Volunteer service is life changing – both for the student and the community

Students at Tunxis Community College can experience Service Learning in various courses offered at the college including varied sections of Principles of Sociology, World Religions, The Navajo Indians, Business Ethics, Business Practicum, Community Oral health II, Dental Assisting Clinical Externship Experience, and Public Speaking. (Courses are subject to change).

The Tunxis Service learning Committee brings together faculty, staff, community partners and students to identify, promote, and sustain service in the community, support student academic learning through service while providing recognizable measures and recognition for service learning initiatives. Committee Members include Marie Clucas (Chair, Associate Professor of Sociology), Kim James (Director of Student access, Success and Engagement), Patrice Hamilton (Professor of English and Communications), Behnaz Perri (Librarian), Amy Feest (Professor of Business), Jesse Abbot (Professor of Philosophy), Victor Mitchell (Director of Business and Industry Services and Workforce Projects), Erin Annecharico (Dental Assisting Program Coordinator), Claudia Turcotte (Professor of Dental Hygiene), Susan Winn (Registrar), Fran O’Neil (Professor of Psychology and Native American Studies), and Samuel Kapros (Academic Advisor/Career Services)

More information on Service Learning can be found on the Tunxis Service Learning ePortfolio site,