Service Learning

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ~ Aristotle

Service Learning
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Trocaire College offers an education that prepares graduates to take their place in the world beyond our walls.  Service learning is part of that preparation.



Service learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich your learning experience, promote growth in compassion and critical thinking skills, foster civic responsibility and strengthen communities. 

Service learning offers students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance the work of local agencies to affect positive change in the community. Students engage in activities that address human and community needs, together with structured reflection designed to achieve desired learning outcomes.



In addition to enhancing academic learning and personal growth, service learning highlights the Mercy tradition of service to the universal community, which is an integral part of Trocaire College’s mission statement.



The Mercy tradition of service comprises four characteristics – regard for the dignity of the person; academic excellence and life-long learning; education of the whole person (mind, body, spirit); and compassion and justice towards those with less – we believe service learning fosters these characteristics.



Each program and/or faculty has, or will have, different expectations in how a student will participate in service learning.  Our goal is to integrate service learning with course objectives.  Many students participate in the final semester of their program, but this will be dependent upon your program and faculty member.


Pam Jablonicky, Coordinator of Service Learning
Office 302, Phone 716-827-2543


Quotes from previous service learning participants:

"Service learning is very different from learning in the classroom; it builds skills that can't be taught within a classroom."  Kristen Benson, Rad Tech Student, Summer 2015

"It hurts my heart to see the struggles of real people, but I NEED that. I am helping others, but they are helping me more that they could ever know."  Brenda Gray, Rad Tech Student, Summer 2015


For additional information and forms regarding Service Learning, see the “Resources” section to the right.

Trocaire College is a member of the Western New York Service Learning Coalition (WNYSLC), a collaboration of colleges, universities and community organizations that work together to strengthen campus-community partnerships and promote student engagement in the community.