OSU offers academic support services to aid in post-graduation preparation

From left to right, student worker at the Career Development Center Brett Sonflieth and internship and employment developer Bruce Petersen show how students can come in for help on their resumes and learn about options after college. The Career Development Center is located in the basement of the Kerr Administration Building. 

Joshua Hathaway, Practicum Contributor

Oregon State University has a graduation rate of 62 percent, which is above the national average of 42 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Education website’s College Scorecard.

OSU offers its students a wide variety of accessible on-campus support systems to prepare them for the road ahead. Ranging from academic support to career preparation, there are a number of options available to students at no cost. 

One resource is the Career Development Center, which is available to students Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is located in the basement of the Kerr Administration Building in room B008. 

According to the Creative Communications Coordinator for the Career Development Center Jenna Riccolo, the department is full of passionate employees who want to help students succeed. 

“We are here to help you create a meaningful path to a career,” Riccolo said.

According to their website, the Career Development Center offers a number of events including Career Fairs, seminars, Speed Mock Interviews, meetings with potential employers and online seminars for students who can’t make it to the center’s on-campus events. According to Employer Relations and Events Coordinator for the Career Development Center Wendy Allison, the department works to connect students with future employers.

“We have lots of different events throughout the year, not just the big Career Fair. So it’s finding what is right for the students and what is right for those employers, and then figuring out a way to make that work,” Allison said.

However, on-campus support is not only limited to the Career Development Center. According to their website, the Academic Success Center’s mission is to create opportunities for students to learn how to learn throughout their academic careers. The Academic Success Center currently operates out of Waldo Hall room 102 and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. According to Marjorie Coffey, coordinator of academic support initiatives within the ASC, all students can benefit from these supports during college.

“Everyone can benefit from learning how to learn, from engaging with supportive peers and from practicing skills that transfer to work and community life. Students can do all this in a welcoming environment, knowing there is a team of people at the ASC who are excited to help them succeed,” Coffey said in an email.

The ASC works to provide students with programs including one-on-one Academic Coaching, in which students build a supportive relationship with a peer coach in order to achieve academic success. According to their website, the ASC also guides students towards 19 different academic resources that are available to them on campus. The resources include academic advising, computer labs, the OSU Library, supplemental instruction, tutoring and others.

Among the many resources available at OSU is the Mathematics Learning Center, which is a beneficial resource for anyone seeking clarification about a particular concept within the field of mathematics. There is no need to set an appointment in advance, as the MLC operates by holding drop-in tutoring hours Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. The MLC can be found on the first floor of Kidder Hall in room 108.

Another resource on campus is the Writing Center, located in room 123 of Waldo Hall. According to their website, the Writing Center provides three different programs for students: the Undergrad Writing Studio, the Graduate Writing Center and the Online Writing Lab. During their hours of operation, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., students are encouraged to stop by and get help for as long as they need.

To learn more about the resources available for students at OSU, individuals can visit both the Career Development Center and Academic Success Center’s websites.

According to Coffey, there are complicated courses and systems on campus that can be difficult to navigate.

“We help students figure out how to navigate these and succeed in their academic, personal and professional goals,” Coffey said in an email.

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