Community Leadership Placement Program

Welcome to the Community Leadership Placement (CLP) program.
The CLP is an integral part of Nipissing University’s Bachelor of Physical and Health Education.  Students are required to complete both PHED 3106 and PHED 4106 courses, which grant them the opportunity of completing a combined total of 100+ hours of community based work placement in areas that complement their personal, academic and professional goals.

Experiential Learning programs provide students with accelerated learning and opportunity to immediately apply knowledge which leads to sustained skills and understanding.  Through relevant connections and strong supports, students learn through the reflection of “doing”, increasing professional competencies, and ultimately improving future job opportunities.

The benefits of Community-Based Learning are abundant.  This model of learning is becoming more prominent in Canadian education and is being researched and developed on an ongoing basis.  Here are a few benefits that some of our partners are reporting:

Student Benefit:

  • Increased feelings of self-efficacy
  • Integration of class theory
  • Increased problem solving, planning and communication skills
  • Improved team work
  • Clarity about career goals
  • Increased community engagement
  • Increased academic achievement and interest in education
  • Improved employment opportunities

Host Organization Benefit:

  • Help prioritize services and fulfill true organizational need
  • Cost effective business practice
  • Increased staff diversity
  • Partnership with University
  • Input into student teachings
  • Volunteer and/or employee recruitment

University Benefit:

  • Increased student retention through engaged learners
  • Expanded program mission and values
  • Access to current ideas and energy/enthusiasm in the field
  • Increased community partnership and visibility
  • Enhanced quality of graduates

Societal Benefit:

  • Increased quality of education and service to community members
  • Resource sharing
  • Production of responsible citizens
  • Increase preparedness of university graduates