Service-learning and community engagement have been a part of CSU life from the time that the first campus opened in 1857. They are teaching and learning techniques providing situated and anchored student participation.
This participation in meaningful and planned community-service experiences directly relates to course content extending learning beyond the theoretical. Through engagement and reflective activities, students enhance their understanding of course content and develop their civic responsibility, self-awareness, and leadership skills.
The mission of Cal Maritime's Community Engagement Office is to be a driving and innovative force that advances our campus' commitment to serving our surrounding communities, and enabling our students to engage in critical inquiry and hands-on service.
Cal Maritime is well suited for implementing service-learning courses. Our technical curriculum has always embraced a hands-on approach to learning and leadership training. We think of our Training Ship Golden Bear as being a living laboratory. There exists a long history of cadets providing service to the community, both at home in Vallejo and overseas, in places as far away as Fiji and Chile.
To enhance student learning through connections between academic course work and real world applications, preparing students to succeed in diverse local and global economies, and enriching personal, professional, and social responsibilities. Research shows that faculty find that service-learning provides: