The Learning Assistance Center, located on the second floor, room 704, of the Learning Resource Center building at the Indian Wells Valley campus, provides a variety of support services for students enrolled in academic and vocational courses. The campuses at KRV and ESCC campuses at Bishop and Mammoth also have combined LRC/LAC's with Tutoring and GED Preparation for students.
Exam Proctoring is available for both Cerro Coso courses and other institutions' courses. Proctored exams are required for select online courses. Proctoring is available free of charge at any Cerro Coso Community College campus for our distance learning courses. Parking fees apply.
Tutoring is available from trained peer tutors for almost every subject offered by the college. Students may enroll in the tutoring course and work with tutors hired, trained, and supervised by faculty. Students may come with or without an appointment (though appointments are preferred) to work with a tutor, usually in small peer groups. Students should bring their assignments, homework, or questions, and we'll provide the tools needed to excel. Students should sign up for a tutor early in the semester for the best chance of success! Students may complete a skills survey in the LAC or online. Once the survey is completed, it will be reviewed by LAC faculty.
Success Labs provide software for subject area practice, reading text materials, and organizing and proofreading papers. Specifically, the lab is equipped with Read Write Gold, specific software for GED practice, Inspiration software for organizing papers from English to science lab reports and more. Adaptive equipment such as a Smart View enlarger, Kurzweil 3000 Scan and Read are housed in the LAC. Lab Aides and Faculty are available to assist students. Students may bring their own headsets and flash drives for use in the lab.
Computer Labs may be used by registered Cerro Coso students for course work, printing papers, emailing, research, and online class work. Computers are equipped for study and for course work in computer, business, and graphic design classes. Lab Aides/Tutors are on duty most hours. Printing cost is per page and students may purchase pages in advance through the Business Office.
Tutor Training (EDUC 170) is a 0.5 unit class. Any student may register for the course; however, only instructor-referred students with completed training may become peer tutors. Training, evaluation, and 25 hours of successful tutoring allow tutors to become internationally certified through the College Reading and Learning Association at specific campuses.
Supplemental instruction is provided for select courses with high academic and time demands on students. A trained peer serves as a supplemental instructor by working with the instructor, participating in the course and providing study group sessions.
Students may prepare for and take CLEP examinations in order to gain college credit for subjects in which the students can prove mastery. CLEP exams cost $105.00 unless the student is active military.