(July 5, 2017) – The Learning Support Center at Hagerstown Community College recently received the Instructional Programs Award from Community Colleges of Appalachia, presented at its annual conference in Ashville, N.C.
“CCA is pleased that there were many excellent nominees for the 2017 annual awards. After reviewing the nominations, the Awards Committee was most impressed with the comprehensive nature and success of the Learning Support Center (LSC) at Hagerstown Community College and selected the LSC to receive the 2017 Instructional Award,” noted Dr. Anne McNutt, executive director of CCA.
There were 27 nominations from 14 different states for three different awards. HCC’s LSC was selected for the award that recognizes innovative programs that have been designed and implemented to focus on excellence in teaching and learning.
HCC’s Learning Support Center opened in 2013 as a “one stop shop” for students seeking academic resources to work independently, in small groups, or with tutors. Since then, the center has implemented a number of best practices that led to more students getting the academic support they need, greater student success rates, and better communication between staff and faculty. In the 2015 school year, 3,790 students made 90,560 visits to the LSC.
“The synergy in the LSC makes it an optimal learning environment for students, an amazing resource for faculty and a place that never ceases to amaze, with innovative methods that reach out and improve access to resources for all academic areas on campus and learning for students from an exceptional, talented, and professional staff,” said Dawn Schoenenberger, center director.
The LSC includes more than 18,600 square feet of open-concept learning space, group study space, and classrooms, as well as more than 200 computers. Students have access to the center during day, evening, and weekend hours. Eight professional staff members, along with 15 tutors, serve students.
HCC’s unique concept is being recognized by other education institutions as an example of best practices to help students get the resources they need to succeed in college. The results speak for themselves as data has begun to show student success rates are on the rise.
The Community Colleges of Appalachia is a voluntary association of public community colleges serving the common interests of member colleges and their communities through programs and services responsive to the unique cultural, geographic, and economic development challenges facing the region. Each year, the CCA recognizes select member colleges that are implementing innovative programs.
Pictured, left to right, are Scott Hamilton, Darrin Scott, Dr. Guy Altieri, Dr. John Boyd, Dawn Schoenenberger, and Dr. Anne McNutt.