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Vol State Learning Commons

The Vol State Learning CommonsThis summer marks a major milestone for the college. After years of planning and hard work, the Learning Commons began operation in the new location in the Thigpen Library. The Learning Commons is the new home for Learning Support math, reading and English classes and much more.

The new Learning Commons space, located on the first floor of the Thigpen Library, is bigger, brighter and designed for learning.

“It’s spectacular,” said student Keri Williams. “It’s so much better. It’s much more user friendly. It’s really comfortable over here.”

“This is a lot more spacious,” said student Jean Ingram.

“My goal is that a student who comes in here will feel comfortable and welcome,” said Learning Commons director, Kay Dayton. “I think the students like having a one-stop shop. They can work on math and then switch to reading or English.”

The Learning Commons finally combines Learning Support math, reading and English in one location. They have been scattered around campus in various rooms. Students will be able to do more than just Learning Support classwork at the Learning Commons. It’s a clearinghouse for information about all sorts of student academic support, including Smarthinking and other College Success Zone programs.

“The students won’t have to run around campus,” said Dayton. “They can get the information they need here.”

The Learning Commons construction project was hard for many folks on campus and for no one more than the Library staff. The good news is that the Library is back and looking better than ever. The first floor is opened up considerably, with plenty of room for computers and new styles of seating. There is one big hit with the students thus far.

“A couple of years ago we did a survey, and students made several comments about needing a quiet space to study,” said Thigpen Library director, Louise Kelly. “So, with the renovation we took the opportunity to create a Silent Study Room.  Here individual students will find comfortable chairs, similar to the ones in the Great Hall, and tables with chairs to study in quiet.  It’s not for group study; that is what the group study rooms are for.”

We hope students enjoy the changes and have a great semester using the new facilities.