Ashley Anderson | Staff Writer
It takes roughly four minutes to walk from the doors of West Campus to the doors of East Campus at Century College. Some students will never make the trek over the walkway but if you are one of the students that do, take the time to check out the East Academic Support Center (EASC).
The staff members over at the EASC all agree that the center is a “hidden gem” at Century College.
Raquel Gudiel, Career & Technical Education Specialist, has a lot of great things to say about the services they offer students. “We are really trying to make a name for ourselves. I think we have a lot to offer, and not just to the technical students we see most often, but to all students,” she remarks.
Valerie Castillo, Career & Technical Education Specialist, adds, “And we care.”
The EASC is an asset to students. They have the ability to provide assistance to any student needing help with practically anything academically related or otherwise.
In fact, Raquel also mentioned that the EASC is a kind of “first stop.” This means that students are able to stop by with any question or concern and the EASC provides direct assistance or directs students to the proper place or person to resolve their question.
The EASC is open from 8 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. Monday through Friday. Quick stop hours are from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. and students may also set up an appointment if they’d like to sit down with someone to address concerns that need longer then 10 to 15 minutes to resolve.
There are also several GPS Workshops spread throughout the semester. Schedules are available online or in the resource room as well as several other locations on East and West campus.
Among the many great things the resource center has to offer is Credit for Prior Learning.Credit for Prior Learning is one of the more recent services implemented. It allows students the opportunity to meet with a counselor and go over their work related experience or relevant classes they may have taken for jobs, anything along those lines. The counselor is able to figure out if any of it qualifies as prior education that can be transferred into college credit. Keith Hagen points out, “It’s worth it to sit down with someone and take a look.”
All of these services are free and available to any student. As stated by Raquel Gudiel, “As long as they have a student ID, we can help them.”