Story and photo by /Jerick E. Leblanc/Staff writer/@jerickjake
Apart from participating in sports at LBCC, athletes have an exclusive center where they can use computers, print, study and socialize.
The Student Athlete Success Center provides quality services to LBCC’s athletic students by offering programs to increase student’s success and to offer support with tutoring to assist in learning, according to athletic coordinator Mary Hegarty.
Lauren Guzman, 29, a medical-field major who is part of the cheer team, uses the center about three to four days a week when she is in between classes.
Guzman said, “I like the center because I come in here and work on my schoolwork, meet other people, watch movies and be with friends.”
As coordinator of the center, Hegarty is responsible for coordinating activities and helps in assisting with academic support. She students contact her when they are struggling with their homework and she helps them with progress reports as well as workshops “to help them be successful with their classes.”
Undeclared major Hector Solis, 20, plays soccer and goes to the center twice a week. “I come here during the day because it’s quiet and I can do my homework,” he said. “It’s a place where I meet my friends and we learn and not just socialize.”
Hegarty stressed the center is a place where student athletes utilize resources to help them succeed. “I try to connect them with resources on campus that will help them to be effective,” Hegarty said. “They work hard for their sport and the culture we create here is one of hard work and diligence as well.”
Students are required to be a member of the athletic program to utilize the center and the study hall requirement is to put in a minimum of two hours per week.
Biology major Katherine Lopez, 18, a cross-country runner, first heard of the center through her coach Karen Vigilante. “I like running but I never participated in high school. It wasn’t until I got here that an opportunity presented itself and I participated.”
Lopez added she goes to the center for tutoring for math and chemistry and “it is my social space where I have made friends from other sports.”
According to LBCC’s school course outline, “Student success and course completion can both be directly linked to their behavior in class as it can affect participation, class attendance and the classroom learning environment.
Tylor Wallace, 20, a psychology major, competes in track and field said his coach Julio Jimenez informed him of the center. “He said that I can get some support here for my school work and that it is a good place to study and to get my work done,” Wallace said.
The center is in Q106 at the LAC and is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.