Take a Nap, Study, Get tutoring, Use
Read the Paper. It's a "home" at school for
Seattle Commuting Students
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Introduction - Comfort for
campus "home" for commuter students at South Seattle Community
College (SSCC). That's what the Student Support Services' tutoring and advising
program provides for the 185 students participating in their program each year.
All students are commuters.
A central place to do homework, find tutoring, solve personal problems and
relax is a great boon.
SSS advisor/instructor Shash Woods, the Collaborative Learning and Instruction Center (CLIC), and open weekdays
from 9 to 3, the 730 square-foot classroom is equipped with the usual
computers, printers, telephone, tables and chairs. But CLIC also offers two
comfy couches where students exhausted from their night job can catch 40
winks, or simply sit and browse books, magazines or newspapers. Students
also can find current scholarship and transfer resources, thanks to
program coordinator Sheryl Tuttle and advisor Marcia Kato.
Next door is a small quiet office with a computer
which students can use if they need more quiet than the big lab offers.
Furnishings are cheap: "We found them"
Providing such a room for SSS students doesn't
have to be a big expense. At South Seattle CC, most of the extra furniture
was "found" or inherited. "Our space used to be a computer
lab for testing, so we inherited their furniture when they moved to a new
space. The sofas we just found in the hallway and are on loan from Student
Life," says director Maureen Shadair. "The furniture used
in CLIC demonstrates the collaborative relationships we've built with
other departments, too, which also strengthen our program."
Snacks and a place
Tea is usually brewing, and
there's a microwave for heating up home-made lunches. if single parents need to bring along a child
for a few minutes while
putting finishing touches on, or printing an assignment, the room is user friendly for
them, too. Paper, coloring crayons, Tonka trucks, puzzles, books, and more
provide sanctuary while mom or dad complete their work.
"Many of our
students are single parents holding down day or night jobs," says
program director Maureen Shadair. "So they really appreciate having a
place where they can study, find help from staff tutors or advisors, and
complete school projects away from laundry, bill collectors and other
distractions at home. One stop for many needs. That's us."
Tobitha (Tabby) Anderson, a sophomore studying
Computer Technology, reads from comfy couch in lab
Photos of SSS students welcome visitors to special
Collaborative Learning and Instruction Center