Learning Assistance Center
Fall 2012 Semester Hours
Located on the ground floor of the Learning Resource Center (LRC), the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) provides self-paced programs that support the College’s regular instructional programs. Through the use of a variety of media-computers and audio/videos materials; students may actively participate in different learning modalities at their own pace. Math, English, ESL, accounting, and study skills programs are available for student learning activities. A comprehensive catalog at the checkout counter describes different types of instructional materials that are available for use in the LAC.
The LAC also houses the literacy center, the high-tech center, an open access computer lab, and writing and math labs. To earn TBA hours that are required for course credit, students enrolled in special labs and programs must check-in and check-out on the computer system, at the checkout counter.
The mission of the Learning Assistance Center is to provide instructional support that promotes the development and success of students. Instructional support is facilitated through collaborative learning principles, peer tutors in content area courses, computer–assisted instruction, resource depositories, and basic skill labs including math, reading, and writing.
Goals of the Learning Assistance Center are to:
provide instructional support services that nurture student\'s academic growth.
provide an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment conducive to learning.
provide personnel needed to support the LAC.
provide current equipment that is in good repair (e.g. replace equipment as needed every 3 years).
Update instructional support materials as needed.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES:
CHECKOUT COUNTER top
At this counter, audio/video tapes and self-paced programs are available in English and other Languages. Audio/visual materials for vocabulary building, spelling, study skills, math, and accounting are available for student use. All materials must be checked out for use only in the LAC. Many textbook publishers produce audio/video supplements for their text books and the LAC provide students with these supplements. Also, instructors are encouraged to recommend and supply additional materials on reserve to support their classes.
HIGH TECH CENTER FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES, Room 107A top
This lab is provided for students with verified disabilities. Computer assisted instruction in basic skills and adapted word processing is offered. Adaptive devices and programs are also available to assist students with computer access. Lab hours are posted at the beginning of each semester.
OPEN ACCESS COMPUTERS Room 105A top
Enrolled students may use LAC computers for homework and research. The Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) and Los Angeles Harbor College (LAHC) prohibit the use of college equipment to visit web sites with obscene or inappropriate material. Students must comply with Internet Use Rules that are posted in the lab. Students who disregard posted rules will be disciplined.
THE LITERACY CENTER Room 111 top
This lab has reading, vocabulary and study skills programs for students who are referred for supplemental instruction, by an instructor or counselor. Students must be enrolled in Developmental Communications 37Y or 37Z to earn course credit in this lab. Computer programs are available for students who wish to improve basic skills. Service hours are posted at the beginning of each semester.
MATH LAB Room 105B top
This lab has tutors available to students enrolled in basic and advanced level math courses. In this lab students may study quietly and have questions answered on an individual basis. However, students must enroll in Math 100 for credit in this lab. Computers are available for internet access and self-paced study programs including Study Work 2001, Minitab, and MathCAD 2000 Professional. Service hours are posted at the beginning of each semester.
PEER TUTORING Room 114 top
Free tutorial services are available for enrolled students who are referred by an instructor or counselor to the LAC for supplemental instructional support. Attendance records are maintained for positive attendance allocation. Tutor and student are matched according to subject matter and time constraints. Tutors must meet eligibility criteria and attend training sessions to qualify as peer tutors. Instructors are asked to assist in the recruitment of tutors for their classes. For each tutoring session, students are advised to bring current syllabus, textbook (s), and note taking materials, complete all assigned readings and review lecture notes before each session, and write and bring questions related to content/concepts from assigned readings, lecture, etc.
WRITING LAB Room 104A top
This lab is a part of the Communications Division. An Instructional Assistant and specially trained student tutors are available to assist students from 9:00 am to 6:30 p.m Monday through Thursday. Services are available to students enrolled in English 67 as well as for students who need assistance with writing assignments.
LearningExpessLibrary is an interactive, online supplemental instructional method to help students master course materials. The comprehensive, interactive online learning platform consists of practice tests and tutorial courses. This student learning service is provided by the LAC Learning Assistance Tutor 001T course in collaboration with the nursing division and is funded by the Workforce Investment Act Nursing Grant. Instructors who request student monitoring must write a referral for each student.