According to the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, Service Learning is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich thelearning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” Or, to put it another way, "service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs" according to the National Youth Leadership Council.
Therefore, Heartland supports faculty and student interest in creating service-learning opportunities which will instill the college's Vision to be "an adaptable and collaborative community resource, promoting life-long learning and exceptional community progress."
The INSPiRE Grant program is a faculty development initiative designed to emphasize the value of service learning and civic and community engagement at Heartland Community College. This grant program was established to encourage individuals who have an interest and commitment to enhance eservice learning or civic/community/political engagement efforts within a course through new, substantial projects or initiatives that may be either inside or outside the classroom.
Doug Dowell, Professor II of Sociology and Social Work
Matt Felumlee, Professor II of English
Thuong Jongky, Professor II of Biology and Chemistry
Kim McHale, Professor I of Mathematics
Karen Shaw, Professor I of Education
Jami Spencer, Professor I of English