Have you ever asked a teacher (or yourself) “how will I use what I am learning in the real world?”
Project- and Community-Based Learning (CBL) can help you answer that question. At York College, you’ll have the opportunity to use what you learn in the classroom to engage in real-world projects with community partners! The old-school model of merely learning facts is not sufficient in today's world. Solving highly complex problems while working on authentic projects in the community will provide students with 21st-century skills.
Working side by side, community members and students seek solutions to current social, business, and government problems. Merging classroom learning outcomes with community interaction allows students to engage in opportunities that make learning more meaningful and more significant.
All of our students have the opportunity to work on real-world projects with community partners in their First-Year Seminar courses through their Capstone Courses. They are guided and mentored by their professors, becoming directors and managers of their learning process.
We know by experience that students are more engaged in their education and retain their learning more fully when they apply classroom learning in real, hands-on environments. And when you’re ready to graduate, you’ll have a wealth of experience to tell prospective employers about—real accomplishments that show not only what you’ve learned, but what you’ve done!
Working together, the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Center for Community Engagement connect classes with community partners in which you can learn by doing as you address their real needs.