Learning RESOURCE Center
DIRECTOR: PAUL GRADY
Located on the ground floor of the Library + Learning Resource Center (LLRC) building, the student-centered Learning Resource Center (LRC), like the Library, has become a hub of student learning activity for students enrolled in LAHC's resident and non-resident (online) courses and programs. The LRC provides students with free tutorial and learning support services in select subject matter areas, as well as workshops related to study skills, research paper formatting styles, math, and navigating the Etudes learning platform.
The LRC is home to the Math Lab, the Writing Lab (writing across the curriculum), the Lit. Center (reading across the curriculum), the S.P.S. High-tech Center, and the Computer Commons, which is an open access computer lab with pay-to-print capabilities for registered LAHC students. Students enrolled in special labs and programs must check-in and check-out on the AccuTrack computer system at the Help Desk or in the specialized labs.
Tutoring assistance is available on a drop-in basis. New students enroll in Tutor I (Supervised Learning), a free, zero-unit tutoring activity section open to students enrolled in LAHC courses. Tutor I does no appear on the student's transcript.
The mission of the Learning Resource Center is to provide instructional support that promotes the development and success of students. Instructional support is facilitated through collaborative learning principles, peer tutors in content area courses, computer–assisted instruction, resource depositories, and basic skill labs including math, reading, and writing.
Goals of the Learning Assistance Center are to:
- Provide instructional support services that nurture student's academic growth.
- Provide an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment conducive to learning;
- Provide personnel needed to support the LRC.
- Provide current equipment that is in good repair
(e.g. replace equipment as needed every 3 years).
- Update instructional support materials as needed.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES:
LIBRARY CIRCULATION DESK & CHECKOUT COUNTER top
Headphones and text book related supplementary audio/visual material for specific courses are available at the Library Circulation Desk & Checkout Counter for use in the LLRC.
Though supplementary material can often be accessed directly through publishers' websites, instructors are still encouraged to provide the Circulation Desk with supplementary material for student use (when available) and advise the LLRC of supplementary materials that instructors deem essential for student success. Instructors are also encouraged to request a "reserve desk copy" of the current edition of their texts from publishers for temporary start-of-the-semester student use in the LLRC due to the occasional bookstore shortage of an assigned text, a slight delay in shipping by an online retailer, or a glitch in student funding. Reserved texts can only be used for two hours at a time.
HIGH TECH CENTER FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES top
Instructional Asst. Information Tech.
This lab is provided for students with verified disabilities. Computer assisted instruction in basic skills and adapted word processing is offered. Adaptive devices and programs are also available to assist students with computer access. Lab hours are posted at the beginning of each semester. New students are enrolled through the Office of Special Programs and Services in Cafeteria 108/
COMPUTER COMMONS - OPEN ACCESS COMPUTERS top
Enrolled students in the college may use COMPUTER COMMONS computers for homework and research. Students must comply with Internet Use Rules that are posted in the lab. Students who disregard posted rules will be disciplined. (The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) prohibit the use of college equipment to visit web sites with obscene or inappropriate material.) Problems with computer use or printing should be brought to the immediate attention of the Blue Vest representative at the LRC Help Desk.
THE LITERACY CENTER top
This lab has reading, vocabulary and study skills programs for students who are referred for supplemental instruction by an instructor or counselor. Students must be enrolled in Developmental Communications 37Y or 37Z to earn course credit in this lab, though students also can get help on a drop-in basis. Computer programs are available for students who wish to improve basic skills. Service hours are posted at the beginning of each semester.
MATH LAB top
The Math Lab is part of the Math Department and is staffed by an Instructional Assistant and trained tutors. Math Lab tutors are available throughout the day for students enrolled in basic and advanced level math courses. A Math Instructor provides support two days. Drop-in lab students may study individually or in small groups and have questions answered on an individual or group basis. Computers are available for Derive Mathematics software and internet access to online materials. Service hours are posted at the beginning of each semester.
SUBJECT-SPECIFIC TUTORING top
Free tutorial services are also available for LAHC students enrolled in:
Students are usually referred by an instructor or counselor but students are welcome to drop-in/stop by. Attendance records are maintained for positive attendance allocation. For each tutoring session, students are advised to bring current syllabus, textbook(s), and class notes.
WRITING LAB top
This lab is a part of the Communications Division. An Instructional Assistant and specially trained student tutors are available to assist students from 9:00 am to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Services are available to students enrolled in English 67 as well as to drop-in students in need of assistance with writing assignments. New students are not admitted after week 10 of the semester unless they have a specific instructor referral.
LearningExpessLibrary is an interactive, online supplemental instructional program designed to help students master course materials. This comprehensive, interactive online learning platform consists of sets of practice tests and interactive tutorial courses. (This student learning service is provided by the LRC Learning Assistance Tutor 001T course in collaboration with the nursing division and is funded by the Workforce Investment Act Nursing Grant. Instructors who request student monitoring must write a referral for each student.)