Through community-based learning courses, volunteering and AmeriCorps opportunities, the Center for Experiential Learning challenges students to get to know the assets and needs of Dubuque and most importantly, to make a positive difference in the community.
Community-based learning courses
More than 50 academic courses at Loras College incorporate outreach to the community. These courses come from a variety of academic disciplines and require students to engage with the community. Examples of community-based learning courses include:
An English literature course challenging students to learn about Shakespeare in a new way by teaching it to elementary school children in afterschool programs.
A Media Studies course encouraging students to produce award-winning videos by working with non-profit agencies throughout the community who want to share their story with a wider audience.
A computer and information technology course offering students opportunities teach computer skills to individuals striving to get themselves out of poverty.
Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps Program
Made possible through our membership in Iowa Campus Compact, Loras College students can make a substantial commitment to volunteering in the Dubuque community by serving 300 or 450 hours annually, in exchange for an education award. Since 2008, students engaged in the Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps program at Loras College have served over 50,000 hours, recruited hundreds of their classmates to volunteer, and been recognized for this service to the community with over $175,000 in education awards they have been able to use to pay for college tuition or to repay student loans.
Learn more about opportunities to serve at Loras College through various campus organizations and departments:
Student Life and Student Organizations
Iowa Campus Compact AmeriCorps