Vulcan Learning Commons (VLC)
The student's second most important place ... after the classroom
The VLC offers Cal U students free academic support services. VLC peer assistants work with Cal U students on reading, writing, speaking, and course-specific content. As well, they assist students qit study skills such as note taking, test taking, time managing, and text reading. The VLC is composed of two centers, the Foundry Writing Center and the Learning Assistance Center. Both centers are located in Noss Hall. The Foundry Writing Center is located in Noss 110. The Learning Assistance Center is located in Noss 115. Both centers are a safe and welcoming place for the student to study, learn, and get assistance from peer educators.
Services offered by the Foundry Writing Center:
- Individualized consultation with student writers
- Face-to-Face writing consultations
- Online writing consultations
- Writing workshops (WW)
- Assist ESL students
Services offered by the Learning Assistance Center:
- Individualized Face-to-Face tutoring
- Individual online tutoring
- Study Groups (SG)
- Supplemental Instruction (SI)
- Assistance with placements and proficiency exams (such as Praxis, etc.)
How to reach us
Students and other members of the university community have several options by which to reach the VLC. One such option is WCONLINE. The VLC is using WCONLINE, a scheduling, recordkeeping, and reporting software
The Cal U site is: https://calu.mywconline.com/
Students can self-schedule. On the left and at the top, there is: First visit? Register for an account. Click on the link "Register for an account," and enter some required information. Once this done, you can log in WCONLINE making sure you choose one of the two available schedule: LAC Fall 2019 or FWC Fall 2019 according to whether you are a course-specific tutor or a writing consultant. Once successfully logged in, you can see your own schedule and any appointments you might have.
Student can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a tutorial appointment. They need to specify the course number, course name, format of tutoring requested (online or f2f), and other pertinent information.
A third option is to call the FWC at x4336 and LAC at x5893.
A fourth option is to visit the centers located in Noss 110 and Noss 115.
Hours of Operation of the Two Centers:
Learning Assistance Center
Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Foundry Writing Center
Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dr. Kaddour Boukaabar, Ph.D.
Executive Director VLC
Ms. Kathy Nogy
Taylor Dunn (GA in FWC)
Kaylee Bloom (GA in LAC)
Dana Masington (GA)
In support to California University of Pennsylvania's vision, the VLC will become the safe and welcoming hub of excellent academic support and resources. The VLC will become the second most important place, after the classroom, for all Cal U students where they continue growing into lifelong independent, confident, and creative learners and writers
The VLC's Foundry Writing Center strives to provide academic resources and writing consultation services to all Cal U students with the purpose of helping them become:
- More effective writers
- Independent writers
The VLC's Learning Assistance Center strives to provide academic resources and tutorial assistance services to all Cal U students with the purpose of helping them:
- Succeed in their assisted courses.
- Increase thier confidence and self-efficiancy.
- Augment their metacognative skills.
- Grow into independent learners.
The VLC is supoorted and counseled by an Advisory Board, which is made up of faculty, staff, and students.
Advisory Board Mission
The VLC's Advisory Board mission is to advuse, guide, and support the VLC's director in achieving the goals and objectives of the VLC. Specifically, the AB advises the VLC director with:
- Developing a budget.
- Developing and implementing services and initiatives that increase both VLC's usage and student retention.
- Refining exisiting services.
- Marketing and promoting the VLC
- Brainstorming ideas, possible grant activities, social events, etc.
- University Community, especially students, voiced concerns, suggestions, and needs.