Concordia’s Student Success Centre makes a move
While the majority of students were enjoying their summer break, the staff at Concordia’s Student Success Centre (SSC) have been hard at work fulfilling a move long in the making.
In July, the SSC left its old haunts behind for a brand new — and fully renovated — home on the seventh floor of the Henry F. Hall Building (H-745).
Previously spread across various locations, the centre’s former spaces were getting too cramped for its growing programming, says Laura Mitchell, SSC director and executive director of Student Services. A change was in order.
“Concordia provided us with a bigger, brighter space in an area where thousands of students pass every day,” Mitchell says, noting the new locale boasts many a welcoming spot where students can get their work done.
All of the centre’s resource rooms — Writing Centre, Math Centre, Student Success Resource Room and workshop rooms — are now readily accessible in one spot. The exception is the Student Advocacy Office, which will remain in the Guy-De Maisonneuve Building (GM-320).
A lot of careful thought and planning went into the move. From conceptualizing the space to logistics, the SSC team worked closely with Facilities Management and external architects to design a space that best fit their purpose — to help students succeed.
“It has all the little touches that make it both modern and comfortable for students, such as café-style chairs and tables in the new Student Success Resource Room, and flexible, movable workshop tables with plugs for charging devices,” Mitchell says.
A myriad of services
The SSC’s mission is to help students improve academically and professionally. Whether a student is performing at a high level and wanting to go further, in failed standing and need of support, or completely new to university, the services offered by the centre are far-ranging and individualized.
“From workshops on themes like career-building, study and exam strategies and time management to peer-to-peer support and help with writing and math, our services run the gamut,” says Mitchell. She adds that one-on-one appointments with career and learning experts are available and a great way to stay ahead.
She also notes that the space is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the week, with writing assistance offered in the evening. Students are free to drop in anytime during the day to see a mentor or make an appointment at reception.