College Success

Project Info
Instructor: 
Joanne Johnson-Clauser
Course Number: 
GenCol 104-603
Most recent project completion date: 
May 21, 2010
Number of Students that participated: 
20
Total number of service hours completed by class: 
200
Community need or issue addressed by the Service-Learning project: 
Poverty (Hunger, Housing, Homelessness, Community and Economic Development, Employment)**
Community agency or organization served by the project: 

This class focused on employment preparedness for MATC and community members by creating informative bookmarks with information and resources of how to prepare for employment (resume, cover letter, interviewing) both during school and after graduation.  These bookmarks were then distributed at MATC libraries.  The monies for printing these bgookmarks came from an MATC Foundation Grant which the instructor applied to.

The Learning Objectives of the project: 
Course competency #2.4 of GenCol-104 syllabus: connect with the larger community
Which of these Service Learning Models was used?: 
Product Model (Students created a product for the benefit of the community or agency)
Types of assessment tools used to document and share lessons learned: 
Class discussion
Presentation
Other, Please describe:
Other: 
2 part Reflections Survey: Part I - completed during class when students first received copies of their Employment Bookmark; Part II - completed during the following week as students shared Bookmarks with family, friends, and other classmates and recorded their feelings and the comments of others about the product.
Which MATC Core Abilities were met?: 
Communicate Effectively
Collaborate with Others
Respect Diversity
Demonstrate Responsibility
Think Critically
Utilize Technology
Embrace Change
AHA moments – transformational experiences reported, comments, lessons, suggestions for others, etc.: 
MANY! -All the information that there is available about any career you can think about. -The thank you letter really surprised me. I didn’t know that can be a good think in the working world. -That it is important to write a thank you letter. -That your resume should only be one page. -The research that surprised me was the salary and actually finding out that what I’m majoring in is nationwide. -That sending out a thank you letter could ensure getting the job. -Online resources surprised me. I think its very good to have this resource. -I think the thing that surprised me the most was the range of a starting salary, to an experienced salary is a huge difference. And some of them don’t take that long either. -Having a good team, communication, and work together. -That everybody needs to be on the same page, and do their part. That leads to success for your group. -Communication is very important when working in groups. -Getting along with everyone in my group; that used to be hard for me to do. -To communicate with each other and be more patient with others. -As the group leader I learned that you have to be a good listener for both yourself and your group. You have to be sure of the instructions being given because your team members rely on your to provide them with information they may have missed. -I have learned that working with other people in a group can be helpful, and having an understanding, communication and respect for one another is very important. -That our group worked well together. -That you need to work together, communicate and be available for discussions. -They thought it was a great idea seeing everybody from the class had knowledge on each subject. And I was happy to see my name. -My daughter was proud to see my name on the bookmark as a team leader. -They were very impressed and proud of me. -It was over all a good experience some of my family and friends said they will look up some of the books for tips. -I was shocked to see that half of my family didn’t know the basic things included in the process of job hunting, like a cover letter or references. -They were glad to see my name on the bookmark. -Nice to see my name, where they could find good information. -My family was very impressed. Friends made a little fun, but it was positive. -Everyone I spoke with loved the bookmark, they like the fact that we all put our talent and time in making it. Everyone thought it could help a lot of people with their employment search.