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Community Engagement Projects

Community Engagement Projects are experiential learning opportunities that integrate service in the community with intentional learning activities. Small groups of students are partnered with partner organizations in need of hands-on and project-based support. This approach to learning helps students understand how their course work relates to social issues by linking real-life experiences to academic content.

In collaboration with community-based organizations, the Practicum office runs a number of Community Engagement Projects each year. Partner organizations include non-profits or charitable groups that provide service to vulnerable or at-risk populations, including homeless shelters, soup kitchens, after-school programs, and so on.

Benefits for students:

  • Build knowledge and develop necessary skills for future employment (critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, communication).
  • Increase understanding of academic concepts and apply theory to real-world scenarios.
  • Enhance social awareness, responsibility and civic engagement.
  • Gain relevant volunteer experience for a resumé and professional portfolio.

Benefits for partner organizations:

  • Build capacity by tackling ongoing issues or special projects.
  • Share knowledge and contribute to the learning and development of students.


Ontario Tech awarded funding supporting community project opportunities for under-represented students


Past projects

2018 - Food Security Workshop

2019 - Special Topics Class: #BlackLivesMatter

2019 - Lake Cleanup