Evergreen State College – Center for Community-Based Learning and Action

The Center for Community-Based Learning and Action, established in 2004, links students and faculty at Evergreen with organizations working on a wide range of community issues. The Center for Community -Based Learning and Action (CCBLA) supports the partnership of academic programs, students, and faculty, with community organizations. We aim to meet mutually agreed upon community needs to strengthen and enhance student learning through critical engagement. We believe in learning collaboratively within the community, supporting civic engagement, and promoting a better understanding of social justice issues for all involved. We seek student learning environments that respectfully incorporate the community’s unique needs, goals and aspirations.


  • The place for students to discover their strengths and interests by getting involved in community work.
  • A point of contact for community groups.
  • Building connections between community-based learning models and academic programs.
  • Chronicling the history of community based-learning and action at Evergreen.

We offer Community Service and Math Science Teacher work-study positions around the community. From tutoring in local schools to coordinating volunteer events, we have something for everyone. Come to one of our volunteer work parties and see what Olympia has to offer.

Community Groups:
We support community initiatives from posting flyers to organizing events and learning opportunities. It is our mission to pursue collaborative ways to establish community-to-campus connections.