The Academic Learning and Tutoring Center (ALTC) has undergone some improvements in the last two years. Under the leadership of Christie Kahil, the space has gotten a face lift and the students have stepped up their game. There are three main programs within the ALTC: tutoring, the writing center and supplemental instruction (SI). All three are designed to help students be as successful as possible in their academic career. The Center also serves as a place for students to learn how to be leaders and mentors, through their work as tutors as well as running the day to day operations of the programs.
A place to hang out, work together and study – this is how Christie describes the ALTC. It’s designed to make students feel comfortable enough to stay beyond their appointment, do homework and work together in a coffee shop type environment. There are collaboration spaces, white tables, printers and of course, coffee and tea.
The students that work at the ALTC are critical to their success. The Center increased the level of training all tutors receive so they can better serve the students who come in for appointments. They spend 10-12 hours per year in training and are CRLA (College Reading & Learning Association) certified. Not only are these students qualified but they are eager to try new things to help one another out. This upcoming year they will be launching more event-based learning activities like speakers, foreign language interactive sessions (think playing Monopoly in French) and writing workshops.
All these efforts have produced impressive outcomes. The total number of appointments completed across all three areas of the center have increased 63% – that’s almost 17,000 completed appointments!