A local University has unveiled a new center in an effort to boost students success and intellectual growth. The University of Maine at Presque Isle hosted an open house and ribbon cutting today to celebrate the establishment of this newly created Center. News Source 8’s Angela Christoforos reports…
UMPI faculty and students gathered for a ribbon cutting at a brand new Center on campus dedicated to student success.
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs at UMPI Jim Stepp said, “By pulling the center together the way we did, most of the services that a student will need if they’re in distress or if they need help with something they can come right here and get all of the assistance they need in one place.”
The Center for Student Success is like a one stop shop for students. It’s right on the first floor of South Hall where students can get everything from tutoring to counseling.
UMPI Student Kaitlyn Belanger said, “I’m getting tutored here for math Luke Boudreau is my math tutor and it’s just helped me a lot with the content.”
The Center for Student Success is the result of Phase 1 of the Project Compass initiative, which called for a center that both students, staff, and faculty could share in order to learn and grow together.
Writing Center Director Deborah Hodgkins said, “Learning doesn’t just happen in the classroom or in isolation where folks are studying or writing their papers, it really is a collaborative act of interacting with other people.”
Now UMPI students have a new place to do that with brand new equipment, furniture, and a more open versatile space.
Now that the new Center for Student Success is officially in place, a Center for Innovative Learning will also be established. That phase of the project is expected to begin within the next year.