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    Westchester Community College
   
 
  Aug 20, 2017
 
 
    
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Fall 2017 Edition

Educational Support Services


 

Harold L. Drimmer Library and Learning Resource Center

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The Harold L. Drimmer Library is the focal point for the information and research needs of students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and is open to the general Westchester County community.

The library provides space for students’ individual and group study use, a classroom for the User Education program, and computer access for all research needs. In addition, it houses a 60-seat multimedia classroom/theatre, a student lounge, Honors Program facilities, the Center for Faculty, and the Distance Learning Program. The ground floor includes the Academic Support Center, the Testing/Assessment Center, Learning Disabilities Service, the Writing Tutorial, and a large open computer lab for student use.

The library’s resources and services range from multi-media to print and electronic books and subscription databases that include full-text journal, magazine and newspaper articles. Additionally, the library offers virtual reference services and online course materials. Due to resource-sharing partnerships with SUNY and WALDO, we are able to provide extensive interlibrary loan services. Users can also search for resources in the Westchester and New York Public Library Systems.

The library supports an extensive program of User Education through their information literacy classes designed to introduce students to search strategies and the research process. Librarians also serve as liaisons to faculty members in developing assignments and research guides for all curricula.

The library is open 75 hours per week and on-site use of material and services is available to all. Books may be borrowed by registered students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and by Westchester County residents with a Westchester Library System card. Many of the resources are available remotely to anyone with an Internet connection, though access to subscription databases is limited to authorized users.

For further information contact the Circulation Desk (914-606-6965), or the Reference Desk (914-606-6960) or visit our web site at www.sunywcc.edu/library. During fall and spring semesters the library is open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am – 9:30 pm; Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Hours vary during summer sessions, semester breaks, and holidays.

 

Media and Instructional Technology

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Media and Instructional Technology is a support service that assists faculty and staff in using state of the art technologies effectively in teaching, learning and the delivery of information. The Media and Instructional Technology staff will gladly consult with individual faculty and staff on the proper use of the various applications and resources. Students in need of technology for class presentations should notify their professor.

Please call 914-606-6857 or 914-606-6922 for further details.

Computing Facilities

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Computer facilities are located throughout the campus to provide state-of-the-art computer technology in support of instruction. Currently, there are almost 1,900 workstations on the main campus and over 2,200 including the extension sites, with more than 60% of these for student use. The college is planning to further increase the number of instructional use PCs in the next few years to meet the growing need for this technology. In order to keep pace with technological advancements, hardware and software in these facilities are also periodically updated on a rotational basis. All facilities provide access to the college’s local area network, the Internet, and a comprehensive library of computer software such as, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access), Visual Basic, C++, Adobe PageMaker, Illustrator, and Photoshop, AutoCAD, Visual Studio, Dreamweaver, and MS Expression Web.

Computers are used in every discipline. Student PCs are located in the Technology Building, Academic Arts Building, Classroom Building, Science Building, Health Science Building, Student Center, and Library. There are eighty-two labs available to students who are enrolled in specific courses or program areas, with the exception of the Open Lab in the Library and TEC-25B in the Tech Building, which are open to all for-credit students. The program areas where computer technology are used extensively include Accounting, Business Organization & Management, Computer Science & Computer Information Systems, English, Environmental Studies, Graphic Arts, Language, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Office Technology, Nursing, Physics, Respiratory Care, Technology, and many others. Students who are registered for non-credit courses have PCs set aside for their special use in any one of the three labs maintained by the Division of Workforce Development & Community Education in the Technology Building and the Classroom Building. In addition, the college has extension sites in Yonkers, Mt. Vernon, Ossining, Peekskill, and White Plains, all of which contain computer labs.

Academic Support Services

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The Academic Support Center (ASC)

The ASC is a free tutorial designed to support courses in Prealgebra, Beginning Algebra, Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning, College Algebra: Functions & Models, College Algebra with Trigonometry, College Quantitative Reasoning, The Development of Mathematical Thought, The Nature of Mathematics, Math for Elementary School Teachers, Elements of Geometry, Statistics, Precalculus (Functions & Coordinate Geometry), Calculus for Business, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Calculus 3, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, College Physics 1 (plus required lab and workshop), College Physics 2 (plus required lab and workshop), Engineering Physics 1 (and Lab), Engineering Physics 2 (and Lab), Foundations of College Reading, Analytical Reading, as well as English as a Second Language courses (ESL) including; Introduction to Academic Writing 1, Introduction to Academic Writing 2, English for Academic Purposes Program, General Biology 1 (and Lab), General Biology 2 (and Lab), Principles of Biological Science (and Lab), Principles of Inorganic Chemistry (and Lab), Inorganic Chemistry 1 (and Lab), Inorganic Chemistry 2 (and Lab), Anatomy and Physiology 1 (and Lab), Anatomy and Physiology 2 (and Lab), Basic Microbiology (and Lab), General Microbiology (and Lab), Physical Science Explorations, Respiratory Care 1, Respiratory Care 2, Respiratory Care 3, Respiratory Care 4, Foods (and Lab), Nutrition, Nutrition Care 1, Nutrition Care 2, Nutrition (Nursing), Introduction to Computing Concepts, Computer Programming 1, Computer Programming 2, LINUX Operating System, Java Programming, GUI Development, Computer Architecture, Writing for College 1, Writing for College 2, Writing and Research, Writing and Literature, & papers in all disciplines.  A variety of math, science, writing, and reading topic-specific workshops and special final exam review sessions are offered in specific content areas. Additional workshops are available to enhance test-taking skills and study skills.

The Academic Support Center is located on the Ground floor of the Library and in the Science Building. Both peer and senior tutors (some of whom are adjunct instructors) are available for individual and small group of tutoring. In conjunction with this tutorial help, a wide variety of computer software is available to provide assistance in math, reading, study skills, pronunciation and ESL. In most instances, the software correlates with the coursework.

For more information, please visit www.sunywcc.edu/asc.

Academic Support at the Extension Centers

The Mount Vernon Academic Support Center (MVASC), located at 17 South Fifth Avenue, is open to all Westchester Community College students. At the MVASC, tutors offer assistance with English, Writing of papers in all disciplines, Reading, College Success, ESL (intermediate and up), Math (Pre-Algebra, Beginning Algebra, Foundations of Mathematical Reasoning, College Algebra with Trigonometry, College Algebra:  Functions and Models, and  some higher level math courses). In the fall and spring semesters, the MVASC offers workshops designed to assist students in developing skills that are essential for success in college, as well as semester-review workshops.

Math, Reading, and Writing tutoring is also offered at the Yonkers, Cross County Extension and Peekskill Extension. Biological Science tutoring is offered at the Ossining Extension. 

For more information and hours, please call 914-606-7220 or visit www.sunywcc.edu/asc and click on Additional Tutorial Services/Extension Center Tutoring.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The State University of New York’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides academic support and financial assistance to students who show promise for mastering college-level work but who may otherwise find the college transition difficult. Offered primarily to first-semester, full-time students who are New York State residents, the EOP accepts students who qualify, academically and financially, for the program. Eligible students receive one-on-one tutoring, and academic, career, and personal counseling. In addition, qualifying students receive a stipend to help with the cost of personal expenses.

For more information about this program, please call 914-606-6688, visit www.sunywcc.edu/eop, or visit the EOP offices located in the Student Center, Rooms 218 and 219.

Testing and Assessment Center

The Testing and Assessment Center administers placement exams to assist students in developing their individualized plan for success. Initial course placement is a critical step in attaining educational and career goals. Course options range from developmental to college or Honors level classes. The Testing and Assessment Center is located in the Library on the ground floor. 

For additional information, visit the Testing Center web site www.sunywcc.edu/testingcenter, or call 914-606-6969.

Tutorial Centers

Assistance in other areas such as accounting, computers, mathematics and physics is available at the college tutorial centers. For detailed information, including locations and hours of operation, please consult “Don’t Drop Out…Drop In” brochure available at the Academic Support Center, Counseling Office and at other locations throughout campus.

For further information, please contact the Academic Support Center at 914-606-6470.  

College Success

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This three-credit elective course is designed to help students sharpen the skills that are essential for academic and personal success. The course applies theory and practice from many academic disciplines. It includes topics such as values clarification, goal setting, critical thinking, and study skills. Students are encouraged to take College Success during their first semester. Contact Meralee Silverman, 914-606-6678, Co-Chair, English, ESL and Reading Department, for further information.

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