Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service
Center for Excellence in Learning through Service
- Bonner Scholars Program
- People Who Care Program
- Service Opportunities
- Student Service Awards
The Center for Excellence in Learning Through Service (CELTS) was established in 1991 and modeled after its predecessor, Students for Appalachia. Here at CELTS, we focus on community service and civic engagement through a variety of ways that include mentoring, tutoring, and social justice advocacy. As an umbrella organization, CELTS hosts a variety of different programs that serves a variety of different groups in our community.
Our mission is to educate students for leadership in service and social justice through promotion and coordination of academic service-learning and student-led community service. We envision an educational system that successfully combines community service with academic learning to create an environment which challenges and prepares students to be critical thinkers, reflective learners and active members of just communities, near and far.
Students who participate in CELTS programs will demonstrate skills, knowledge and behaviors reflecting service-oriented leadership by being able to:
- Work and communicate effectively across differences
- Engage constructively in conflict situations
- Plan and implement community-based service activities or programs
- Demonstrate ability to think critically about social issues
- Work effectively in teams
- Integrate the values of service and social justice into career and life goals
- Use reflection as a means for learning and personal growth
- Demonstrate understanding of the importance of institutional and regional context to service at Berea College
- Act as ambassadors for service at Berea College and beyond
Berea Bonners are part of a nationally recognized network of student leaders.
What makes our programs unique is the fact that students serve not only as volunteers but also as Program Managers.
Through service-learning, students make connections between academic course content and community issues.
The Student Service Awards recognize current students for outstanding contributions.