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LSUS Holds Grand Opening of Student Success Center

October 13, 2017

The wait is over as the new Student Success Center makes its debut to LSUS. The Center will host its grand opening on Monday, October 16, at 11 a.m. The soft opening was held on September 18 at 11 a.m., during the LSUS 50th anniversary celebration. The grand opening will include a ribbon cutting ceremony with speeches by Chancellor Clark, and Dennis Henderson, former SGA President.

The previous Student Success Center was located on the first floor in the Business and Education building, but has now expanded to its new and improved location on the first floor of the Noel Memorial Library.

The new Center is home to the Student Success Center as well as Career Services, and could expand to more offices in the future. The Career Services department helps students that are in the beginning stage of their majors, and creates workshops that can help students gain success in pursuing their degrees with internships, job-training skills, developing their resumes, and can help students find jobs after graduation.

Correll Hammond, Director of the Student Success Center, oversees tutoring for students at LSUS, including online and graduate students. Tutoring is now available 24/7 online, and students can connect with LSUS tutors if they're off campus via video conversation. The Student Success Center works with a third party named Thinking Storm that offers tutoring from 9 a.m.-3 a.m. Each tutor has hands on professional experience and is an expert in their field. Many have obtained their masters or doctorate level credentials, and all tutors are ready and eager to help. According to Hammond, the tutors at the Student Success Center have expanded from five to fifteen within a year, and he is hoping that they continue to grow.

Unlike many other tutoring programs throughout the country, the Student Success Center is a certified tutoring program. Training and documentation were required in order to receive certification, and Hammond says that the center is working toward level two certification.

"The student body wanted a space where it was a one stop shop where students can have academic coaching, the ability to study, and to hang out," said Hammond. Unlike the previous center, the new center contains a computer lab where students can come to print course material. The new location boasts a new coffee shop, white boards, and classrooms. In addition to these exciting features, students will have a place to plug in their technology for study groups. Students that come regularly to the Student Success Center have seen an average of a .5 increase in their GPA.

"I want people to know the services that we offer to the student body, and continue to expand those services, said Hammond." Hammond credits the Noel Foundation for the existence of the new Student Success Center by donating finances and resources into the new center.

Students can find more information about all the services LSUS provides by logging onto LSUS.edu.