Public Service Pathway

Initiatives

Background
The Public Service Pathway is an initiative of Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS), Georgia Tech’s new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) infusing sustainable communities education into students’ learning experiences across campus. SLS is developing academic courses and experiences that combine community engagement with sustainability. Serve-Learn-Sustain will prepare students to contribute their disciplinary expertise to efforts aimed at creating sustainable communities where people and nature thrive, now and in the future, in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe.

Purpose
The Public Service Pathway will increase students’ capacity to participate in sustainable community engagement efforts by focusing on civic innovation, design, and facilitative leadership. Public Service Pathway courses and projects will help students connect academic knowledge and skills to community challenges related to sustainability. The key methods for student education in SLS are community engagement and service learning, where students interact with community partners through on- and off-campus experiences. Deeper learning experiences will engage students in working collaboratively with partners to contribute to long-term efforts for sustainable community-building.

Through a generous grant from the Commerce Club Foundation of Atlanta, the Public Service Pathway awarded grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to support the development of learning experiences for students through Spring 2016 courses or projects.