Timurhan Vengco and Christina Trujillo from the Learning Commons at Skyline College hosted the all-day 3CSN Learning Assistance Project (LAP) Event: Professionalizing Learning Assistance and Building a Statewide Network in Building 6 on Friday, October 27.

Over 40 coordinators, staff, faculty, and student leaders from various academic support programs throughout Northern California community colleges visited this beautiful campus to share best practices and build a network of learning assistance practitioners in the region.

The event featured round-table discussions and workshops on several hot topics in the learning assistance field, including:

  • Supporting guided pathways movements through academic support programs
  • Preparing student peer leaders for conferences and other professional opportunities
  • Providing learning assistance through online platforms
  • Establishing an advisory committee for learning assistance programs

One of the student leaders in attendance shared that “being in a room with faculty, staff, and administrators who were willing and interested in my voice as a student was an amazing experience that allowed me to engage and be a part of the discussion. It allowed me to learn a lot and feel worthy to share my knowledge too. This event inspired me and empowered me to work harder to build an amazing learning community on my campus. I am so grateful to attend, and I am so excited to practice and share what I learned on my campus.”

This event also serves as a lead up to Tutor Expo, 3CSN LAP’s flagship event. Tutor Expo is a conference by and for tutors and other educators that highlights effective practices in tutoring, peer mentoring, supplemental instruction, and other learning assistance programs and services within the California Community Colleges. Northern California’s Tutor Expo will take place in Spring 2018 at Merced College.

Article and Photo by Timurhan Vengco

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