Edison College's Writing Center Holds Open House

Jan 16, 2008

The Writing Center at Edison College's Lee campus is hosting an Open House on Thursday, January 17, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Building L Humanities Hall , Room 119C. Current and prospective Edison students are welcome to attend.

 The Writing Center is designed to assist students improve writing skills through one-on-one tutoring sessions. "This is not a proofreading service," says Darren Penn, supervisor of the Center. "If a student needs help with grammar, we can provide that. But we also assist students in the broader sense of developing theses, learning proper research citation and documentation for college-level work, and adding clarity to their written assignments."

General education courses at Edison currently require writing assignments, and students must earn a grade of a "C" or better in order to graduate. The program is geared to improving students' writing skills, Penn says, but "it is also intended to support their long-term development as writers."

The program, which opened in Fall 2006, has had a dramatic impact on student competency. Basic writing proficiency, as measured by national standardized tests, has almost doubled. The Center is well utilized, and a similar program is being planned for Edison's Collier campus later this year.

For more information, please contact the Writing Center at 432-5203.