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Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a participatory adult education program designed to create and support reciprocal educational experiences between Cornell University undergraduate students and Cornell service employees. Through CLASP, students and employees achieve a variety of individually determined learning goals. Student learning partners earn academic credit by taking EDUC 2200 (Community Learning and Service Partnership I) and EDUC 2210 (Community Learning and Service Partnership II), which are offered in the fall and spring semesters.


  • Information about CLASP for Cornell Service Employees

    Community Learning and Service Partnership (CLASP) is a program in which Cornell employees and students work together in learning partnerships. If you work at Cornell and feel that some one-on-one, confidential help will enable you to reach your personal learning goals, CLASP may be right for you.

    When you apply, you will have a confidential intake interview with the CLASP staff. Based on the interview, you will be matched with a student who is trained to assist adults to reach their learning goals.

    The two of you will decide on a time and place for your meetings. You may continue in the program until you feel that you have met your goals.

    The managers of Campus Life, Building Care, Grounds, Mail and Transportation, and the Statler Hotel have agreed to give employees release time for this program. With their supervisor's approval, many employees may use up to three hours a week of work time to meet with their student partners. While your supervisor will know that you are taking part in the program, all other information, such as your goals and progress, will remain confidential. You can choose whether or not to tell co-workers that you are in the program.

    Participation in CLASP is viewed as a sign of an employee's motivation to better him/herself and is therefore generally viewed positively by supervisors. Supervisors will need to approve the meeting times you have chosen.

    Learning goals which you might consider include:

    • Increasing comprehension and pleasure in reading
    • Increasing vocabulary or reading speed
    • Improving writing for business or pleasure
    • Improving English for non-native speakers
    • Preparing for the GED tests
    • Learning basic computer skills
    • Getting extra help with a college course

    Information about CLASP for Cornell Students

    EDUC 2200/2210 is a service-learning course offered in the fall and spring semesters. Students who enroll in the fall for EDUC 2200 (2 credits) are expected to continue their work in CLASP in the spring by enrolling in EDUC 2210 (2 credits). Students meet throughout the academic year in one-to-one partnerships with Cornell employees who have requested assistance with reading, writing, math, computer skills, GED preparation, or English as a second language. Students also assist with computer related workshops designed especially for the service staff.

    The course is recommended for students who want to be self-directed in learning about themselves and their world and who want to extend this learning beyond the classroom walls.

    What do students get out of these partnerships?

    • Greater self-awareness, self-direction, self-knowledge, and self-empowerment
    • An opportunity to help others develop these same qualities
    • First-hand experience in adult education
    • A chance to put their learning to use in the real world

    Course objectives:

    • To develop skills in facilitating adult learning, including interpersonal and communication skills appropriate for an adult learning setting
    • To increase the ability to understand the perspectives of people different from oneself
    • To investigate how experience and environment influence one's motivation and opportunity for lifelong learning
    • To explore how principles of empowerment through education may be applied to adult learners
    • To use reflection as a tool for learning from service
    • To think critically about personal values and those of our society
    • To take action to address community problems