Service Learning

Management Course Prepares Students to be Community Leaders

Service-learning offers business students opportunities to apply their education in service to the community, which enhances their appreciation, understanding, and respect for others. Service-learning activities can take many forms. They may be integrated into a course, be part of an internship experience or a club activity. One way students can fulfill their service-learning requirements is through Dr. Scott Lester’s Community Leadership course.

Dr. Scott Lester, Director for the Center for Leadership, has created a course, Management 494 - Community Leadership, that incorporates service-learning into the classroom. The Community Leadership class not only fulfills the Service-Learning graduation requirement, but also counts toward the Leadership Certificate.

The focus of the class is how to be an effective leader in the community. This class is largely experiential and revolves around student groups working on projects in the local community. This semester, five groups of students are contributing their service to the American Red Cross, Northwest Wisconsin Homecare, Western Dairyland, and Downtown Eau Claire (See box above). The projects in this class are slightly different than some service-learning projects in the sense that students have more responsibility and autonomy for seeing the project through from start to finish. In other words, the students make decisions and have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills throughout the project.

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