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Happy Birthday, Centers for Learning!

Twenty-Five Years of Student Support Celebrated

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Centers for Learning staffers, from left, front, David Driscoll and David McSwain; rear,  Kristen Rhyner, Sheila Riley-Callahan, Susan Lemire, Judy Frank, Suzanne Gamache, Wadia Khabazeh and Jim Lyman.

By Sheila Eppolito

The Centers for Learning and Academic Support Services has helped students successfully navigate their college classes for a quarter of a century. 

Founded as the Freshmen Center in 1986 by now Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, the Center has grown to include a comprehensive peer tutoring program - certified through the New England Peer Tutor Association - online tutoring and academic advising for students either contemplating a change to their major and those having difficulty with a specific course. Students are helped at the Center’s four sites across campus, and through drop-in labs in each location. 

The Center also supports the Goler Program for first-generation college students, the Urban Massachusetts Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation for underrepresented students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and the Study Abroad Program.

Please join the celebration on Monday, Nov. 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Southwick 240. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to