The Ottumwa Courier

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March 28, 2014

A sense of 'I can'


And those services are wide and varied, each designed to solve both immediate classwork questions and provide a strategy to succeed in the future. Indian Hills students can sign up for personal, one-on-one tutoring, utilize the computer lab work space, find guidance for English and mathematics concepts or take one of the skill-building courses the center offers.

"We have two basic areas of professional support: English and mathematics. Those are the foundational areas for academic success in higher education," Aucutt said, while peer tutors are available in many of the college's programs and courses. "So they come here, we take a look at their work. We don't fix their papers for them, but we show them how to fix their own papers. The idea is that we help them to be better writers, and that's a major mission."

While the remodel and other changes are still very new, Sprouse says there is already much positive feedback about the SUCCESS Center and its future potential.

"We can't yet tell you the exact numbers, but we think that by the traffic flow through there and the amount of people that we notice, just anecdotally, and the faculty here are saying they're busier, that it's making a difference," Sprouse said. "[The center] fits right in with the things that we're trying to accomplish now. We're trying to complete more students ... and we want students in our 10-county area to feel that success."

The Pothoven Academic SUCCESS Center was formally dedicated to John Pothoven, president of the IHCC Board of Trustees, in 2013 in honor of his dedication to the college and donations to the scholarship fund. Pothoven represents the Oskaloosa area on the board of trustees.

The center is open from 7:15 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7:15 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays. For more information, call 641-683-5238.

— Follow reporter Laura Carrell on Twitter @CourierLauraC

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