August 26, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - The Student Success Center at John A. Logan College recently ushered in the new school year with its annual fall open house.  Students and staff were invited to enjoy refreshments and a raffle drawing while learning about the services available to help students succeed.

The center houses the TRiO Program, a federally funded grant aimed at helping at-risk college students, Disability Support Services, and a campus tutoring program. 

Carolyn Gallegly, director of the Student Success Center, said the open house is a good opportunity to inform students about the services and support the center offers.

“Our mission is student success so we have to make students aware of our programs and the assistance we provide,” Gallegly said.  “We want them to know that we’re here to help them if they encounter any obstacles in the classroom.  Everything we do is designed to help students stay in school and reach their academic goals.  The open house gives students the chance to see where we’re located, meet our staff, and find out what we can do to support them.” 

Cheryl Barrall, an English instructor at JALC, brought many of her students to the open house.

“I’m very happy that the Student Success Center holds this event each semester, and I always bring my classes to it,” Barrall said.  “Many of my students qualify for at least one of the three criteria needed to be part of the TRiO Program, which includes first-generation college students, students with disabilities, and those who receive financial aid.  The open house gives them valuable information about how they can get involved.  I also feel like students are more likely to go to the center and use the services such as tutoring if they have actually been there before, rather than just hearing about it or reading about it on a syllabus.”    

Gallegly encourages students who couldn’t make it to the open house to check out the recourses the center provides. 

“Students are welcome to come by the office anytime to get information about our services,” Gallegly said.  “They can also visit our Web site, which is a good source of information.  I hope students will take a few minutes and click on the different pages on the Web site that explain how our programs work and how they can benefit from them.”

In addition to its three main programs, the Student Success Center conducts free educational workshops throughout the year and also provides crisis counseling to students.  The center is located in C219 and office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

For more information, call 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8289 or go to www.jalc.edu/student-success-center.