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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide access and equal opportunity to all students for educational development and excellence. Academic Support Programs is dedicated to assisting students in achieving their educational goals by offering a continuum of quality programs and services. We foster a campus climate of personal growth that promotes responsibility, leadership and academic success.

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Goals

  • To provide support services to enhance academic performance
  • To provide equal educational access and opportunity
  • To promote students to become critical thinkers and independent learners
  • To work collaboratively with other offices, faculty, and staff to provide an environment that is conducive to student learning.

Our Tutors

Our tutors are faculty members at CCSJ. This means they hold Master’s degrees and/or PhD’s in their respective fields. Tutors teach in a variety of departments across the College, including the Humanities, Math, Business, English, and Art.
A full schedule for each tutor is posted in the Student Success Center.


Spring 2019 Tutors

Ms Jenny Young
English, Writing, Research, Study Skills, Humanities
Mondays: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Tuesdays: 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Wednesdays: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Thursdays: 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Professor Tracy Stone
Science
Mondays: 3:30-6:30 P.M.
Tuesdays: 8:30 A.M.- 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.-1:30 P.M.
Thursdays: 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.-1:30 P.M.

Mr Alex Rodriguez
Math, Statistics, Computer Logic, Basic Chemistry
Mondays: 12:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Tuesdays: 12:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Wednesdays: 11:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Thursdays: 11:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Professor Mark Cassello
English, Communications, Journalism
Mondays: 12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Tuesdays: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Wednesdays: 12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Thursdays: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

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Other Programs & Resources

PACE Program

The PACE (Personal Academic College Excellence) program is a one-semester support program designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of students who need additional assistance to succeed in college. The PACE program is meant to assist students in attaining personal and academic success.


Requirements

Students are required to register for the GENL 095 Learning Strategy I class, taken during their first semester. Please note: students who do not successfully complete GENL 095 will be dropped from academic coursework, and required to appeal for re-admission to the College. PACE students will work closely with Academic Support Programs staff to develop academic skills.
Throughout the year the Academic Support Programs center will continue assessing the student’s academic proficiency. Other activities provided through the program are:

  • Basic Skills Enrichment
  • Academic Seminars
  • Study Skills Development
  • Individual Prescriptive Education Plans
  • Mentoring
  • Individual & Group Tutoring

Twenty-First Century Scholars

Twenty-First Century Scholars LogoThe Twenty-first Century Success Program is a newly developed program funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education. The Lumina Grant had created a new position in the Student Success Center, the Tutoring Specialist. This position has expanded the services of the Student Success Center to provide support for students on a daily basis. The Tutoring Specialist supervises tutors and mentors to help students with academic developments. Tutors are trained to aid students in subject matter and effective learning skills while mentors assist with general guidance. The program offers many resources to help our Twenty-first Century students grow into a thriving career. These resources range from cohort groups, staff mentoring, academic surveys, academic workshops to tutorial software. Our mission is to help students reach their academic goals.


Mission Statement

To assist each scholar with meeting his or her academic and personal goals.


Objectives

To serve as a mentor, academic advisor and advocate for scholars. To serve as liaison between 21st Century Scholars and other academic support units To monitor the academic progress of scholars and intervene when appropriate. To insure that services by the college are responsive to the needs of the 21st Century Scholars and the Scholars avail themselves of these services. To assist with hosting campus visits for middle and high school 21st Century Scholars.


History

In 1990, the Indiana General Assembly created the 21st Century Scholars program to raise the educational aspirations of low -and moderate-income families. The program encourages students to attend institutions of higher learning by reducing the financial burden on eligible students and their families. The most important aspect of the 21st Century Scholars program is the Scholar. Scholars sign a pledge of good citizenship and responsible behavior in the 8th grade. The 21st Century Scholars pledge requires commitment and academic work from each Scholar. Students who become Scholars promise to graduate from an Indiana high school, maintain a grade point average of at least a 2.0, agree not to use drugs, alcohol or commit a crime, and apply for admission to an Indiana college, university or technical school as a high school senior. In exchange for keeping their pledge, Scholars are guaranteed up to eight semesters of tuition costs at participating public/private college, university or technical school in Indiana.
A toll-free hotline is available at 1-800-992-2076 to answer questions related to the 21st Century Scholars program.


Services Provided

Mentoring
The CCSJ Twenty-First Century Success Program focuses on supporting and encouraging students to increase their confidence to reach academic and personal goals. One initiative in place to meet the students’ objectives and aspirations is through peer mentoring. Peer mentors help students adjust to and succeed in college by providing them with guidance, support and a greater understanding of/linkage to the resources and opportunities available to them. All 21st Century students will be contacted by their mentor throughout the fall and spring semesters. Mentoring is a vital part of the “Success Program” that enables students to achieve to their fullest potential.

Academic Services
Students are asked to utilize our free services:


Student Success Center


Phone: (219) 473-4287

Office: Room 166 (in the library)

E-mail: jyoung@ccsj.edu

Hours
Mondays & Tuesdays:
8:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Wednesdays & Thursdays:
8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Fridays:
8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.