"Center for Student Success" Gets Revamped and Renovated
The Learning Center at Washington State Community College has been providing services to students for sixteen years. Operating within the Arts & Sciences building, the Center began as a few learning labs with tutoring available. “The Center mainly served 175 students in Opportunity Scholars, which was a grant-funded program,” says David Scheimann, WSCC retention coordinator. “I was hired on in spring 2007 we began refocusing on promoting services for the College’s other 1,800 students. When the Opportunity Scholars grant wasn’t renewed in 2009, we worked to increase students’ awareness of what they can do to be successful, so they won’t have to face every challenge in college alone.”
Over the past two years the Center began stepping up its role to serve all students and needed more space. “Over this past summer we knocked out a wall to gain more interior space and gave the area a facelift with some brighter paint colors,” says Scheimann. “The Math and Science labs are in enclosed rooms, instead of the former partitions, and can hold more students.”
The One Step Ahead Lounge in the Center’s entrance has been enhanced. “In the lounge, students can grab a free snack to keep their energy up and get some studying done,” explains Scheimann. Motivational quotations decorate the walls and the tutoring room was restructured to accommodate more students. “The plan for all of these renovations is to attract more students to the Center and provide them with services to enhance their chances for college completion as well as satisfaction with their campus experience,” says Scheimann.
The name has also changed, from The Learning Center to The Center for Student Success. “The name change reflects our expanded role on campus. ‘Learning Center’ puts emphasis on the academic side of things, while we do so much more,” notes Scheimann. “We still have free tutoring and walk-in labs, however we also help students work through a variety of issues, helping them become resilient for those times when schoolwork gets hard. The Center also provides accommodations for students with disabilities and is building on the process of helping students who plan on transferring to a four-year university,” says Scheimann.
The updated Center for Student Success was unveiled during the start of fall semester, on August 20.