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New Math Tutoring and Resource Center Adds to NECC Students Success

A new Math Tutoring and Resource Center, funded in part by Achieving the Dream, a multi-year national initiative designed to help community college students succeed, is now available to Northern Essex Community College to assist students in succeeding in their college-level math courses.

The five-room tutoring center, staffed by both professional and peer tutors, is located on the third floor of the Spurk Building on the Haverhill campus. The center is equipped with new math texts, state-of-the-art graphing calculators, and five computers featuring My Math Test tutorial software. The separate work areas allow for one-on-one tutoring, group tutoring, and study groups. In addition, veteran NECC math professor Nancy Nickerson, is teaching an alternative instructional delivery model she designed which combines individualized instruction with small study groups.

The Math Tutoring and Resource Center will also provide programs such as specialized math workshops, supplemental instruction for high risk courses, tutor certificate training, and tutorials to prepare students for advancement to the next level of the math sequence.

According to Angela Guarino, assistant dean of assessment, tutoring, and academic support, the center is a welcome addition to the Haverhill campus. College-level math tutoring has been held, for years, on a more informal basis with tutors, peer tutors, and students meeting around a conference table in the math department.

The new math center came to fruition through the collaborative efforts of the Achieving the Dream Team, the developmental and college-level math departments, the math retention committee, math students, and peer tutors. The center’s services and programs are being developed with continued inpu


t from faculty of the math department, chaired by Steve Proietti.

Rebecca Rose, coordinator of the Math Tutoring and Resource Center, says she works in tandem with the developmental math center located on the second floor of the Spurk Building, to help students transition to the more challenging college math courses like college algebra, college algebra and trigonometry, advanced trigonometry, mini trigonometry, calculus I, II and III, statistics, and differential equations. In fact, a pilot tutorial was offered free during the winter intercession to prepare students for their upcoming spring math course and it was well attended.

The math center unofficially opened January 20, at the start of the spring semester, Rose says, she is already seeing approximately 15 individual students daily, in addition to several weekly study groups.

The new Math Tutoring and Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with additional hours Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. Additional tutoring is also available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the library on the Lawrence campus. There is a grand opening planned for the Haverhill Math Tutoring and Resource Center on Friday, Feb. 13, at noon.

For additional information contact Rebecca Rose at rrose@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3459.

Community colleges enroll almost half of all U.S. undergraduate students. Achieving the Dream is working to help more students earn certificates or degrees that open the door to better jobs, further education, and greater opportunity.

For additional information on the Achieving the Dream Initiative at NECC visit the web site at www.necc.mass.edu.


Ernie Greenslade, Director of Public Relations
or egreenslade@necc.mass.edu

With campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence and extension sites in Andover and Methuen, Northern Essex Community College is a state-assisted college, offering over 70 associate degree and certificate programs as well as hundreds of non credit courses designed for personal enrichment and career growth. Close to 13,000 students ranging from recent high school graduates to workers employed locally attend classes days, evenings, and weekends. Northern Essex is the only state college located in the lower Merrimack Valley Region of Massachusetts.