Trocaire Celebrates Evolution of Service Learning


Trocaire College is pleased to announce that all academic programs at Trocaire have committed to implementing service learning somewhere within their program.

“This serves as a catalyst for Trocaire’s commitment to service, as outlined in our Mission Statement, enabling students to engage in prerequisite experiential learning before graduating,” said Pam Jablonicky, director of Service Learning at Trocaire.

Some courses have incorporated an hours-based model, requiring students to perform a certain number of hours of service learning, while others have adopted the project- or community-based model.

“Service learning as a whole has been moving in a more deliberate direction of service relevant to each student’s program,” Jablonicky said. “With this in mind, we are moving toward providing service learning on a more consistent basis within our community, performing skills germane to program learning outcomes.”

Trocaire’s “pilot” for delivery of more relevant and direct service within our community is a partnership with the Seneca Babcock Community Center this spring. Four programs have committed to service at the Center: The Bachelor of Science (BSN) in Nursing and Practical Nursing (PN) programs, Massage Therapy and Nutrition & Dietetics.

Here’s a sampling of the types of service being provided by our students this semester at the Center:

  • PN students providing an array of services to the children, adult, and senior populations (12 hours of service required)
  • Massage Therapy students providing chair massages to the adult and senior clients once a month for 2-3 hours. This has been a big hit so far!
  • BSN students providing blood pressure readings and vitals to the senior population once a month. Students are also providing these services to the residents of the Julianna Apartments on Abbott Road.
  • Nutrition & Dietetics students held a health and nutrition fair on March 2, providing healthy eating tips, recipes and food demonstrations.

In addition, a “Build a Better Meal” program is on tap for the Center on Wednesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. This class will provide healthy eating tips and basic nutrition information for families, as well as an on-site visit from the Admissions department to provide information about the application process for Fall 2016 semester.

“We anticipate that Trocaire’s sharpened focus and emphasis on aligning service learning with course learning outcomes will facilitate greater faculty participation in experiential learning as a natural extension of classroom instruction,” Jablonicky said. “Thank you to everyone involved for your dedication to service learning–we are entering a very exciting phase of service and are happy to be partners with our faculty on this journey.”