Five College Community-Based Learning (CBL)

CBL BannerCommunity-Based Learning (CBL) is the practice of bringing together students, faculty, and community organizations to work on projects that provide intellectually rich experiences for students and tangible benefits to the greater community. 

Every semester over 1,000 students from all five colleges participate in a form of community-based learning. Service learning courses, internships at local non-profits, & community-based research actively engage students, faculty, & staff with the greater community.

The Five College Committee for Community Based Learning is a group of faculty and professional staff from all the five colleges that work together to improve the quality of engagement students of the five college have in local communities and expand the number of community-based learning opportunities available.

Students seeking opportunities can browse CBL courses, contact any campus CBL office,and view other useful resources.

Community organizations seeking to learn more can download this Five College guide to finding students workers and volunteers, contact committee members and view publications about past CBL projects.