Learning Support Centers

Business and Technology Centers

The Business Computer Lab provides both classrooms for the Microcomputer Applications classes and for open lab sessions for Business, Business Computer, and Accounting students to use in improving their computer skills in a variety of applications (e.g., MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, etc.). During open lab hours this resource is available to any student registered at CSM. Visit the Business Computer Center website (South Hall Building 14, Rooms 101, 103, and 105; 574-6489).

When using the Business Computer Center, students will: 

  1. Have knowledge of the Business Computer Center resources, including how to access them.

The CIS Computer Lab is used for both instruction and open lab sessions. As a support resource, it offers CIS students an opportunity to meet with faculty one on one or to receive assistance from instructional aides or student assistants. The software taught in the CIS courses is available at this location to support the students working on problems/projects or working to improve their skills. When classes are not being held in this lab, it is open to all students registered at CSM. (Emerging Technologies Building). Visit the CIS Computer Lab website (Emerging Technologies Building 19, Rooms 124 and 126; 574-6327).

When using the CIS Computer Lab, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the CIS Computer Lab resources, including how to access them.

Creative Arts and Social Science Center

The Digital Media Computer Lab is available for any student registered at CSM. Priority is given to Digital Media (DGME) and Electronic Music students.  The lab offers students an opportunity to meet with faculty one on one or to receive assistance from instructional aides. The software taught in DGME and Electronic Music courses is available at this location to support the students working on problems or working to improve their skills. Visit the Digital Media Computer Lab website (College Center Building 10, Room 161; 574-6446).

When using the Digital Media Computer Lab, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the Digital Media Computer Lab resources, including how to access them.
  2. Be able to utilize computers to prepare and complete projects in media classes that support classroom instruction.
  3. Be able to collaborate and learn from each other in a studio/lab setting.

Language Arts Centers

The Communication Studies Center offers resources for students enrolled in Communication Studies courses. Students receive assistance in topic selection and development, outlining, delivery, and critiquing of presentations. Video recording and playback of speeches are available for students. For hours and location information, visit the Communication Studies Center website (College Center Building 10, Learning Center, Room 220; 574-6257).  

When using the Communication Studies Center, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the Communication Studies Center resources, including how to access them.
  2. Be able to rehearse and deliver effective dyadic, small group, or one-to-many oral presentations.
  3. Be able to view and evaluate recordings of dyadic, small group, or one-to-many oral presentations.
  4. Be able to demonstrate mastery of course concepts through completion of lab modules.

The Reading and ESL Center offers tutorial assistance in speaking and listening skills for CSM ESL classes; tutorial instruction in ESL reading skills; individualized diagnosis of reading skills; and instruction in improving comprehension, vocabulary, and reading speed for native and non-native speakers. Visit the Reading and ESL Center website (North Hall Building 18, Room 101; 574-6437).

When using the Reading and ESL Center, students should:

  1. Have knowledge of the Reading and ESL Center resources, including how to access them.
  2. Be able to demonstrate greater comprehension, and/or vocabulary skills.

The Writing Center offers diagnosis in writing skills; tutorial instruction in grammar, sentence structure, and essay composition; tutorial assistance in composing papers for a CSM class; and assistance in completing assignments from any CSM English composition class. Visit the Writing Center website (North Hall Building 18, Room 104; 574-6436).

When using the Writing Center, students should:

  1. Have knowledge of the Writing Center's resources, including how to access them.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of specific writing skills after completion of tutorials.
  3. Be able to identify, understand, and incorporate the writing skills that they need to work on after completing conferences with faculty.
  4. Acquire a greater understanding and control of their writing process.

Academic Support and Learning Technologies Centers

The CSM Learning Center (LC) is host to a variety of services and resources to assist students in acquiring the skills and knowledge to achieve academic success. The LC offers academic peer tutoring, supplemental instruction student success workshops and access to computers with course software in Digital Media, CIS, Accounting, and Assistive Technology. In addition to electronic resources, the LC has a textbook reserve program, plus provides a quiet space for individual and group study. 

Additionally, the Communication Studies Center is located in the Learning Center (College Center Building 10, Room 220; 574-6570). For more information, visit the CSM Learning Center (LC) website.

When using the CSM Learning Center, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the CSM Learning Center resources, including how to use them.

Math and Science Centers

The Anatomy and Physiology Lab provides study resources for students of anatomy and physiology at CSM. The lab is staffed by experienced anatomy and physiology instructors, and peer tutors who are available to tutor, demonstrate structures, answer questions and provide study skills training. Models, specimens, reference books and internet access are available for use by students. Visit the Anatomy and Physiology Lab website. (Science Building 36, Room 217; 574-6252)

When using the Anatomy and Physiology Center, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the Anatomy and Physiology Lab resources, including how to access them.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of study strategies for anatomy and physiology courses.
  3. Express increased optimism about their abilities to pursue science learning.

The Integrated Science Center (ISC) provides a study support environment to help CSM students succeed in their science courses. Faculty-staffed, the ISC offers a friendly, comfortable atmosphere, accessible to and popular with students. It provides students the opportunity to consult with faculty, work with other students in study groups, or work individually in an academically stimulating environment. The ISC resources are targeted to students enrolled in any science course at CSM. This includes Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Health Science, Nursing, Oceanography, Paleontology, and Physics. The ISC is also available for meetings of student organizations. The ISC consists of two spaces: one large room with 9 tables seating a total of about 45 students, science textbooks, anatomy and geology models, specific course textbooks and supplements, and a faculty desk; a smaller adjoining room with 20 computers for student research, TBA (to-be-arranged hours) assignments, and printing of course materials. For business hours and more information, visit the Integrated Science Center (ISC) website (Science Building, Building 36, Room 110; 574-6688).

When using the Integrated Science Center, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the Integrated Science Center resources, including how to access them.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of study strategies for science courses.
  3. Express increased optimism about their abilities to pursue science learning.

The Math Resource Center (MRC) provides assistance to students enrolled in CSM Math classes and with other math-related questions. The MRC is staffed by an instructional aide, student tutors and math faculty. The MRC is open 5 days a week. Hours are posted at the start of each semester. Within the MRC students may use computers loaded with math software and math resources materials. Visit the Math Resource Center website (North Hall Building 18, Room 202; 574-6540).

When using the Math Resource Center, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the MRC resources, including how to access them.
  2. Be able to show improvement with the specific skills or in understanding course content for which they have requested assistance.

The Nursing Skills Lab provides instructional space for all of the nursing lab courses. In addition, Nursing 816, 817, 818, and 819, are offered during designated hours each week. Hours are posted in and outside of the lab. The lab houses 8 patient suites, including 2 designated simulation suites. Students have the opportunity to practice skills, demonstrate competencies, complete simulation scenarios, view media, study, and complete a variety of other assignments. Information can be obtained from the Nursing Department at 574-6218. (Health and Wellness Building 5, rooms 360 and 380; 574-6213)

When using the Nursing Skills Lab, students will:

  1. Have knowledge of the Nursing Skills Lab resources, including how to access them.
  2. Apply nursing methods, protocols, and procedures to appropriate care situations. (Program SLO #1)
  3. Use the nursing process, which emphasizes critical thinking, independent judgment, and continual evaluation as a means to determine nursing activities (Program SLO #2)
  4. Utilize theory and knowledge from nursing, the physical/behavioral sciences, and the humanities in providing nursing care (Program SLO #3)
  5. Identify and assess the healthcare needs of patients/clients using the tools/framework appropriate to the clinical setting (Program SLO #4)
  6. Document and evaluate the outcome of nursing and other interventions and communicate to team members (Program SLO #5)
  7. Work in partnership with patients, clients and caregivers (Program SLO #7)
  8. Perform current legal and professional standards for nurses in relation to common clinical problems (Program SLO #11)
  9. Practice in a manner that respects patient confidentiality and adheres to HIPAA (Program SLO #12)
  10. Appraise own professional performance accurately (Program SLO #13)
  11. Evaluate professional learning needs and take steps to meet them (Program SLO #14)