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In 2000, DoZa Ana Branch Community College (DABCC) received a grant from the American Association of Community Colleges Broadening Horizons through Service Learning program to develop service learning in southern New Mexico. Poised on the United States- Mexico border, DABCC serves a population that includes 40% colonia residents. Colonias are communities within 150 miles of the border that lack basic infrastructure such as paved roads, water and sewage treatment facilities, and adequate housing. DABCC has developed community partnerships with colonia residents and with agencies that provide services within the colonias. In their presentation, a DABCC team will describe service learning projects in technical, vocational, and developmental courses that place students at the core of learning and service in their own community. They will provide a list of courses that have a service learning component, a brochure describing El Milagro Service Learning Initiative, photos from service learning activities, and a brief video of colonia life.


Presented at the Campus Compact National Center for Community Colleges 12th Annual National Convention, May 21-23, 2003.