The Times West Virginian

November 16, 2012

Tutorial center available at FSU, Pierpont

‘Great investment in student success’

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — One of the keys to student success at the post-secondary level is to have one-on-one assistance when it comes to comprehending concepts or completing assignments.

Often times, however, professors don’t have enough time in the day to provide that kind of personalized education.

Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College have found a way to combat that problem. For the past two years, students at the institutions have had access to a Math and Writing Tutorial Center, located on the second floor of the Ruth Ann Musick Library.

What started out as a small peer tutoring center has grown into a place where students can get help from professional tutors.

“Our professional tutors are trained not only in tutoring but also in learning styles for students,” Dr. Doreen Larson, President of Pierpont Community & Technical College, said. “They not only help students with content but they help the students learn how to learn better.”

Larson and former Dean of Academic Studies Jean Bolyard had the original vision for the center, but needed to get the logistics in place. As students and faculty entered the digital age, Library Services Director Thelma Hutchins said that space was freed up in the library where lots of hard back books once were, and she was able to offer that space for the tutoring center. The next step was finding a way to fund the project.

Larson said that then Gov. Joe Manchin provided $250,00 to launch the tutorial center.


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