Writing Center

writing center students tutoring

Our mission: The writing center is dedicated to providing one-to-one instructional assistance for students in all levels of reading and writing, with particular emphasis on the success of basic skills English and English as a Second Language (ESL) students. 

The Writing Center provides support for any credit students who need assistance with reading and writing. Students enrolled in English 512-514 classes spend two hours per week completing lab assignments that compliment classroom instruction as part of their course credit. Additionally, ESL students complete one hour per week in the lab working on lab assignments (which are assigned by the instructor). Students who are not enrolled in English 512-514 or ESL Writing skills may register for the half-unit Writing Center course, English 306 or 307, in order to fully utilize the lab. Faculty tutors and lab staff are available to help students address individual reading and/or writing issues. Students may use computers, study independently, or work in groups. 

Location

Bldg. L (ARC - Academic Resource Center)  

Telephone extension: 3501

Hours

Fall/Spring:
Monday - Thursday,  9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday,  8 a.m to 12 p.m.

Summer:
Monday - Thursday,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday

Staff

Mary Jean Abatti
Lab Assistant
mjabatti@hancockcollege.edu

Mimi Velasquez
Instructional Assistant
mvelasquez@hancockcollege.edu  

Melissa Voita
Lab Assistant
melissa.voita@hancockcollege.edu

Student Learning Outcomes

  • PSLO 1.  (Operational): The Writing Center will provide writing, reading, and technology instruction in an accessible, comfortable, supportive, and collaborative environment for students of all abilities and from all disciplines.   
  • PSLO 2. (Instructional): Developmental English and English as a Second Language students will demonstrate improved writing at the sentence, paragraph, and/or essay level.  

  • PSLO 3. (Instructional): Students will demonstrate improved confidence in their writing ability.
  • PLO 4. (Instructional): Students will demonstrate improved confidence in the use of technology.  

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ESL Spotlight

Rie Walden

Rie Walden
UCSB Transfer Student

I moved to the United States in 2012. My English was very limited, so I decided to enroll in noncredit ESL courses in the summer of that same year. By fall of 2013 after hard work and dedication, I was ready to transition to credit ESL. The sooner I started credit ESL the better, but as a new California resident the tuition was more expensive since I had to pay out of state tuition, so I decided to wait for a year to attend credit class at AHC. AHC has great student support programs that I utilized; for example, AIM, EOPS, CAN/TRIO, and the Tutorial Center. I recommend everyone to take advantage of these services and to ask for help from your instructors when needed.
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Last Modified Dec 12, 2016