The Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) Program at Middlesex College College brings students, and their unique skills and experiences, together with a local, non-profit community partner to work collaboratively on a solution, explanation, innovation, or data, information, and research to tackle an existing problem faced in the community.
CEL is a form of learning that utilizes participation, exploration and hands-on action to apply learning from the classroom in a practical application.
What is Community-Engaged Learning
Community-Engaged Learning (CEL) is a teaching method that links course content to real-life experiences that focus on community needs. While taking CEL classes, students participate in an established project – often as a group – that is designed collaboratively by faculty and non-profit community partners. CEL projects directly address course learning outcomes by applying course concepts to real world problems and challenges. Students connect their service experiences to their coursework through intentional class assignments and ongoing reflection. Students who engage in CEL have been shown to feel more connected to the College community, have a better understanding of their course content, and deeper insight into social issues faced by the local community.
Students who engage in Community-Engaged Learning have been shown to feel more engaged with the College community, have a better understanding of the course content, and deeper insight into the social issues faced by the local community.