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.
Bldg. L (ARC - Academic Resource Center)
Telephone extension: 3501
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.
Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Friday and Saturday
Mary Jean Abatti
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.
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"Deciding to go back to school to learn English and obtain my GED has been one of the most important decisions I ever made. My credit ESL instructors guided and helped me to adjust to my new life as a student. They understood me as a student and as a person. Being a full-time worker, a full-time student, and a mother of three was not easy, but my instructors encouraged me to keep going. They spent time with me revising my writing and giving me feedback to improve my English, even after class time. They made me feel welcome and proud of being a student later in life. Now, I am a Hancock graduate with three AAs and am currently attending Cal Poly. I'm here because my instructors encouraged me to never give up. My ESL instructors believed in me even before I started believing in myself. It has been a long and not so easy road but I now know that I can reach all my goals."
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