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October, 2013

One Stop, Many Services

Revamped Racine Learning Success Center Up and Running

By Todd Faulk

Learning Success Center

The new Racine Learning Success Center opened this fall on the first floor of the Lake building. The center encompasses adult basic education, disability support services, English Language Learner, testing and tutoring services.

Gateway students will likely notice the open atmosphere and the welcoming color scheme of the new Racine Campus Learning Success Center. What they might not know is that the new center is a one-stop-shop for adult basic education, disability support services, English Language Learner, testing and tutoring services. In addition, the center will provide office space for the staff who work in the International Education and Multicultural Programs, TRiO, Non-Traditional Occupations and the Step-Up Program.

The learning success center is now located on the first floor of the Lake Building in the former Student Services space.

“The new center is a great space for students,” said Cyndean Jennings, dean of developmental education. “It is a great learning environment where students can feel comfortable to learn. The space brings all of the services under one roof to help students receive needed services quickly and conveniently.”

Student Edward Williams working on a presentation project in the center would likely agree. Williams has been learning new computer skills while doing research for his presentation.

“This has been my saving grace,” he said of the center.

Services were offered on campus previously but in separate locations. The new center is convenient for students by allowing them to access all of the services they need in one area.

The center’s open area can be used for studying and working with a tutor. There also are areas reserved for testing and private rooms available for studying.

The adult basic education portion of the center helps students who want to earn their GED or HSED, or those preparing for the Compass placement test before they enter a Gateway program.

Recently, Ada Harris could be seen receiving one-on-one help studying math in preparation for the Compass test. Harris plans to enroll in the Culinary Arts program.

Staff members also are enjoying the collaboration that the new center allows.

“I am becoming a better tutor because I am learning new skills from the DSS (disability support services) staff,” said Pam Herr