Academic Success Centers

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone Number: 559-675-4846

Faculty Coordinator, Academic Success Centers: Ray Sanchez

Reading and Writing Center Coordinator: Matthew Kenerly

ETC Coordinator: Samuel Contreras

HOURS OF OPERATION

Spring 2022 Semester:
Monday-Thursday: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Friday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

 


WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTERS?

The Academic Success Centers (ASC) offer free tutoring in three spaces – the STEM Center, Reading and Writing Center, and Learning Center – for courses across the curriculum at Madera Community College. We have the same goal as the students we help: Working toward success in the classroom!

How do we reach this shared ambition? ASC tutoring and its supplementary services enable learning and academic success with both collaborative and independent learning activities. In other words, we not only to work alongside students but strive to give them the skills and confidence to succeed in college on their own.

All ASC employees receive a professional certification through the College Reading and Learning Association upon completing their first semester of training.

No matter what kind of help you need, the Academic Success Centers have a service that can help you thrive as part of MCC’s community of learners.

STEM CENTER

For students of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, the STEM Center offers free drop-in tutoring for all levels of math, from algebra to calculus and statistics, as well as biology, chemistry, and physics.

READING & WRITING CENTER

Whether you need help starting an assignment, want feedback on a draft, or have to polish your grammar and citations, the Reading and Writing Center offers free appointments and resources for all student writers. Come write with us!

LEARNING CENTER

The home of MCC’s Extending the Classroom (ETC) initiative, the Learning Center puts tutors in classrooms across the curriculum – from accounting and communications to history and philosophy -- and offers drop-in tutoring and regularly scheduled sessions.

Learn more about how to connect with our tutors

ASC WORKSHOPS

The Academic Success Centers host periodic workshops to help students navigate the ins and outs of the college experience. Whether you need help learning to use your calculator, managing your time, or synthesizing sources in an essay, we want to help students improve overall as learners.

For MCC faculty and staff: Think there’s a workshop that ASC should do? Let us know by using the contact information above.

COME WORK WITH US

You can work up to 19 hours per week and we are always accepting applications. Want to know more?

How to become an ASC Employee

Now Hiring

ASC Wants you!

The Academic Success Centers at Madera Community College are hiring! We want to find tutors to help across MCC’s curriculum, as well as Front Desk employees who will handle administrative duties and act as an important point of contact for students.

What do I need to do to apply?

If you are interested in becoming a tutor, fill out our application at this link. You will also need an instructor in the discipline you’d like to tutor to fill out our Academic Reference Form.

If you are interested in becoming a Front Desk employee, please fill out our Front Desk employee application.

Applicants must be enrolled in at least six (6) units for the semester in which they would like to work. Applicants will need to submit a copy of their resume, unofficial transcript, current or projected class schedule, and their projected availability. Additionally, students applying to the Reading and Writing Center will need to submit a writing sample of 4-5 pages.

WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WORK AT THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTERS AND HOW MUCH DOES IT PAY?

What is it like being a tutor?

Under the supervision of the Academic Success Centers’ coordinators, a tutor provides one-on-one and/or group tutoring in assigned subject areas. In addition, tutors attend training workshops and register for a tutor training course. Tutors guide, coach, encourage, and model how successful students excel in college by providing academic assistance and promoting independence in learning. Independence in learning is fostered in a tutoring environment by engaging students with effective questions. The types and quality of questions tutors ask, therefore, are more important than the answers they give.

What kind of tutoring opportunities are there?

ASC is comprised of three different services. The Reading and Writing Center helps students with reading and written assignments from many disciplines and the STEM Center focuses primarily on helping students in numerous science and math courses. The Learning Center, meanwhile, is where our Extending the Classroom (ETC) tutors work with students in specific courses ranging from accounting to psychology.

What is it like being a Front Desk employee?

Front Desk employees are often the first people that students and visitors see when they enter the Academic Success Centers. As a Front Desk employee, your job duties are primarily communication-based. As such, you'll need to be familiar with proper phone and email etiquette and possess strong interpersonal skills. Your daily tasks may include keeping records, scheduling appointments, and facilitating communication between teachers, staff, and students. In some cases, you may be required to provide secretarial support in addition to reception duties.

How much can I earn working for the Academic Success Centers?

Front Desk employees start by earning the current California minimum wage of $15.00 per hour. All new tutor hires start at $15.50 per hour. Student employees can work a maximum of 19 hours per week.

If you have questions about becoming a Front Desk employee a STEM Center tutor, please contact Ray Sanchez at ray.sanchez@maderacollege.edu. If you’d like to learn more about becoming a Reading and Writing Center tutor, please contact Matthew Kenerly at matthew.kenerly@maderacollege.edu. If you’d like to learn more about becoming an ETC tutor, contact Samuel Contreras at samuel.contreras@scccd.edu.

You can also visit us at the Learning Center in room R1B or call (559) 675-4846 for more information.

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