By Omar Reyes/Staff Writer/@salar0895
The Multidisciplinary Success Centers, in PCC in EE206 and LAC in L212 are open to assist students.
“Everything in the center is great. They help you tutor with many subjects,” said Huerta, 22, a biology major, who has been helped by the center for classes such as Learn 11 and physiology. “I think they helped a lot because they get teachers from a certain subject and they go over the hard lessons. They are very effective.”
Instructional coordinator Laura Rantala said, “The center falls under the umbrella of LAR, Learning and Academic Resource department.”
According to the website, the department’s mission is to “serve as the central comprehensive learning center that cultivates student intellectual development through course- and discipline-specific assistance, guidance in developing comprehensive learning strategies and current technological skills for academic success.”
The center includes resources that students may use including workshops, tutoring and a Learn 11 study skills course transferable to Cal State Long Beach.
The center also includes study space, a presentation practice room and study videos by instructor Scott Brueckner. Rantala said, “The 14 study skills videos made by Brueckner have acquired over 3 million views from all over the world.”
Rantala, who has been in the center for five years, said, “We’ve definitely grown in the last five years. We added so many more supplemental learning activities for students. We have instructor and tutors and we cultivate them and try to encourage them to move up in the world. I’m really proud of our staff.”
Rantala also said, “We do like to hear student feedback at the center, so we’re open to that.”
The centers’ hours for PCC and LAC are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.