Since the early 90’s, students have come to the Taylorsville Redwood Technology Building to seek tutoring assistance at the SLCC Learning Center.
Now, after 20 years in room TB 213, the Learning Center has moved to the Garden Level of the Markosian Library.
Learning Center director Gary Campbell said that the new home in room 040 of the Markosian’s basement level has advantages and disadvantages.
“There are mixed blessings,” said Campbell. “We lose the nice natural light, but we gain having everything together, which should enhance student’s success.”
The new Learning Center location is coupled with the Math Emporium to create a centralized tutoring experience for students.
The new venue is not the only recent change at the Learning Center
The program is no longer part of the school of developmental education, and is now associated with programs similar to the Math Emporium. The change allows SLCC Learning center to operate closer with the MATH 0001 developmental math courses.
A part of its mission, the SLCC Learning Center offers tutors who specialize in math and science and also provides information for related services to help meet students’ specific needs.
One of these services is called Focus Tutoring, which is an individualized one-to-one tutoring commitment for students struggling in math or science.
Applicants for this service are required to fill out a request form detailing the course information, tutoring needs and a list of times of availability for weekly tutoring.
“Students come into our program and say ‘I hate math,’ ‘I can’t do it’, ‘I’m dumb’ and our tutors get them through,” said Focus Tutoring program coordinator Jennifer Fasy. “The students still have to do their work, but between the learning center and focus tutoring, students who work, can do it.”