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Students Helping Students: Learning Resource Center Reaches 20-Year Milestone

by Kaylee Stinebiser

Students can receive free help with study techniques, one-on-one tutoring, disability services, and paper editing in Pitt-Greensburg’s Learning Resource Center (LRC), which is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The Learning Resource Center, now open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m to 10 p.m., started as an empty room under the stairs in the Faculty Office Building in 1997. Since then, the center has relocated to Millstein 250 and includes about 30 faculty-recommended, paid student tutors.

Dr. Lou Ann Sears, Assistant Professor of English, established the LRC and has been the director ever since.

“It’s more of a well-oiled machine now,” Sears said.

Each semester, the need for student tutors increases as more students request help, and the LRC continues to grow.

Science courses often see the highest number of requests, as well as math and Spanish. Students can ask for a tutor in any subject by filling out a request form on the rack outside the LRC’s entrance, and if there is a faculty-recommended tutor on staff and available, they will be paired together on a first-come-first-serve basis. If no tutor is currently on staff, Dr. Sears will turn to faculty for a recommendation.

To become a tutor in the LRC, students must also have earned an A in the course and should apply online.

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