Successful community-based learning initiatives depend on equal partnerships with area agencies and institutions. We begin by asking our partners what needs they have, and then we try to match the community partner with the students and faculty who are best equipped to help to serve those needs.
The Center for Community Engagement partners with a variety of local organizations, offering many possibilities for CBL.
Engagement with civic organizations: The York region shares many of the same challenges experienced by similar-sized towns and cities across the nation. These challenges include issues related to food insecurities, veterans’ rights, educational needs, economic development, and more. Many local human service agencies welcome input from our students and faculty who help to address these challenges through CBL.
Engagement with local companies: Combining the intellectual capital and research facilities of York College with the expertise of local business and organization leaders can provide mutual benefit. This can include projects in research and development, logistics, marketing, and design.
Engagement with government: The Center for Community Engagement and the Arthur J. Glatfelter Institute for Public Policy work with local, county, and state government officials on solving a wide array of real-world problems.
Engagement with the cultural community: The Center for Community Engagement operates its own cultural center, Marketview Arts, and also partners with cultural organizations such as the Cultural Alliance of York County, Creative York, and the Appell Center for the Performing Arts. CBL courses in the arts can give students the chance to make a real impact and to gain experience in arts management, planning events, and developing showcases.