Students that are looking to better their GPA, for extra help in a class, or a little motivation can head upstairs to the tutoring center. The tutoring center is offered to any current students at Normandale Community College (NCC) , and provides special services for students with disabilities.
“We try to help any student we can.” says Jim Sutton, Director of the Tutoring Center. “Some students are just looking to raise their B to an A, other students may have disabilities and need extra help. We provide alternative learning and testing for those students.”
Students who qualify as disabled and want to seek extra help may contact Debbie Tillman, Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities. “We see all types of students here. Some of the disability is more obvious, other students, you wouldn’t be able to tell. It can be a physical or mental disability.”
“Many of the students that come through the office, their peers wouldn’t even know that they qualified for help. We ask for documentation, and then we do an intake interview to determine what kind of help the student needs. We keep it as confidential as possible, we take that very seriously here.” Tillman continued, “We want to get our students off to the right start as soon as possible.”
For all other students, the tutoring center provides tools for them as well. “Through the Minnesota State College and University (MnSCU) system, any student can access online tutoring through D2L, if they are unable to come in and meet with a tutor.” Said Jim Sutton. “But any student can stop into the center, at any time. We are always here to help.”
The Tutoring Center is located in in Room C2012, and is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Students interested can pick up a tutoring schedule during hours, or download a PDF from the normandale.edu website. Students who qualify for Disability services are encouraged to email Debbie Tillman to set up an intake meeting.
Dana Grevstad, Lions’ Roar