Where classroom and community meet...

Every year HSU students engage in community programs and services through Service Learning and Academic Internship courses, as they apply their classroom studies to real community experiences and issues. The HSU Center for Community Based Learning supports the students and faculty involved in these courses, while coordinating hundreds of approved community learning sites, many of which are located right here in Humboldt County. Whether you are a student, a community member, or faculty on campus, we invite you to join the exciting work of these partnerships. 

Fall 2020:

We are creating remote or alternative assignments/projects to help students meet the requirements of the community-based learning experience if they are unable to actually attend their placement site: https://ccbl.humboldt.edu/remote-service-and-internships.  

CCBL offers Zoom and phone appointments for all constituents to assist with their current and emergent needs. To make an appointment, please email:

Why should I get involved?

  • STUDENTS have the opportunity to apply academic concepts to real life scenarios, gain professional and personal skills and experience, enhance their resume and build their professional network. 

  • COMMUNITY PARTNERS have the opportunity to bring in diverse perspectives and energy into their agencies, receive assistance on programs and projects, build future stakeholders, and serve as mentors for emerging professionals...

  • FACULTY have the opportunity to build depth and relevance into course student learning objectives, make course readings come alive, network with professionals in the community, assist their students in preparing for life after graduation. 

Research shows that community-based learning can: 

  • Help students deepen their understanding of their curriculum by connecting concepts to real world scenarios.

  • Increase student retention, success and commitment to their majors. 

  • Students with internships are more likely to find jobs faster and get paid more in their first year after college. 

Redwood Roots Digital Magazine:

Learn about the many wonderful ways that students, faculty and community partners are engaging in community-based learning practices in and around Humboldt County through our digital magazine, REDWOOD ROOTS.




  • The Urgency and Relevance of Community Engagement – This statement from California Campus Compact articulates the value of community and civic engagement and Service Learning centers.
  • REDWOOD ROOTS – We are pleased to announce the inaugural edition of Humboldt State University’s Redwood Roots digital magazine.
  • Virtual Chats for Students – CCBL’s Student Support Coordinator, Kelly Fortner, is available via Zoom for informal chats. Ask questions, share ideas, and get expert advice about community-based learning in our changing world.