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NACTA Journal


Interpersonal Skills for Leadership has been taught at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for more than 30 years and has been a key course students use to satisfy the communication/interpersonal skills requirement in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. While interpersonal skills topics are covered and practiced in the course, additional practice occurs through service learning with a client in a community agency. This requirement equates to approximately 6,500 service hours provided annually in the Lincoln community. This level of service requires a well-developed placement and evaluation process. The course incorporates the SERVE model for integrating service learning into the curriculum. Select the service: a core group of agencies have been cooperators for many years. In order to become a cooperating agency a good match must exist between agency mission, course intent, and opportunities for students to develop one-to-one relationships over a semester.