The 9th annual Service-Learning Symposium at the College of Coastal Georgia will be presented virtually again this year. The symposium, which showcases over 100 student service-learning projects in the Brunswick-Golden Isles community, is set to go live online on Monday, April 19 starting at 9 a.m. College faculty, students, staff, community partners, and the community at-large are encouraged to attend the virtual symposium and vote on their favorite presentation.

The Service-Learning Symposium highlights the partnerships between Coastal Georgia and community agencies that have benefitted the local community and contributed to students’ education. Service-learning projects reinforce classroom instruction by having students apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-world situations and address a need in the community. For the 2020-2021 academic year, students have completed 96 projects with 68 different community partner agencies, and 23 new 9tcommunity partnerships were formed. The symposium will allow the community to learn how service-learning students’ and faculty members’ works have a direct, positive impact on the Brunswick-Golden Isles community.

The winners of the annual Excellence in Service-Learning Awards will also be announced during the symposium. The awards recognize faculty, students, and community partners who have displayed excellence in contributing to a service-learning project.

“We are excited to have a record number of project submissions this year with 115 presentations, which is more than double the number of submissions we had last year,” said Director of Service-Learning and Undergraduate Research Dr. Kimberly Mannahan. “This increase in participation demonstrates the perseverance of our students, faculty and partners to continue engaging in service-learning in spite of the lingering limitations related to the pandemic. Our students, faculty, and community partners have put a lot of time into making these projects successful and we are honored to showcase their commitment and impactful work.”

The Service-Learning Symposium will be available online at https://libguides.ccga.edu/2021Symposium, starting at 9 a.m. Projects and presentations will remain accessible after the symposium.