Co-curricular Experiences at HCC
Co-curricular experiences are structured learning activities that complement the formal curriculum. These experiences promote student engagement and can be some of the most compelling and transformative experiences of a student’s education. By offering authentic, hands-on opportunities, they give students the chance to extend their learning beyond the classroom, develop additional skills, and put ideas and theory into practice.
Co-curricular experiences take place outside of the regular classroom and are typically ungraded. For maximum impact, students’ co-curricular experiences should be linked to learning outcomes and should include an element of reflection and self-evaluation.
Examples of co-curricular experiences include working on community projects, doing volunteer work, attending workshops or conferences, participating in student clubs or organizations, attending outside speaker’ series or events, going on field trips,etc. “Learning takes places everywhere.”
HCC Service Learning
Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Students become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform.
The modern service learning movement in colleges and universities creates opportunities for students to combine community work with academic perspectives to make higher education more valuable to students and more relevant to the community.
Resources and contacts for HCC’s Service Learning Program can be found here: https://www.hccs.edu/departments/division-of-instructional-services/service-learning
Service Learning Example: https://katyfoodpantry.org/
HCC Reading Cultures
HCC's Reading Culture was initiated by the national program Bridging Cultures, developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Bridging Cultures initiative sought to "engage the power of the humanities to promote understanding and mutual respect for people with diverse histories, cultures, and perspectives within the United States and abroad."
Houston Community College's Reading Culture seeks to expand this effort with a focus on a new text each semester, which can celebrate the diversity of our college and foster better understandings of how these cultures are represented.
The program committee is comprised of a diverse group of interdisciplinary HCC faculty and librarians. More information and resources can be found here: https://library.hccs.edu/reading_culture/home
HCC’s REEL Film and Speaker Series offers students and the HCC community the opportunity to view films and have interactive sessions with guest speakers. The program features a different theme each semester, in coordination with the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division. For more information contact Dr. Ann Bragdon, firstname.lastname@example.org or (713) 718-5642.