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.)

Summer Tutoring

For summer 2020, tutoring is available through Smarthinking, an online tutoring company, is available FREE to Cal U students. Here are the basics:

  1. Log in to Cal U's D2L Brightspace.
  2. Click the University Resources menu.
  3. Click Self Registration.
  4. Click Smarthinking Student Tutoring.
  5. Click Register.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Click Finish.

Once you have registered, the Smarthinking shell will be available in under “Cal U Communities” in D2L (for more details read the documents "Cal U Smarthinking Quick Start Guide").

In addition to SMARTHINKING tutors, there is one VLC writing tutor available. Writing Consultant and Graduate Student Nathan Z is available to assist with writing (writing essay, writing assignments in any course, thesis, dissertation, graduate research paper, etc.) for any course.  Nathan will be reached via WCONLINE.  The student (who wish to request assistance) will go to the Cal U WCOnline site (, and then self-schedule.  If the student is a first-time user, they must register for an account (done in one minute!).  Once a tutorial appointment has been set, an email confirmation will be automatically sent to the student and to Nathan, the tutor.  There are two kinds of appointments: one is "online," a synchronous session in which the tutor and the student meet live in a virtual way, and the other "E-tutoring" an asynchronous session in which the student uploads their  paper in WCOnline, the tutor retrieves it, works on it, and uploads back the "worked" version with tutor's comments on the margin. Due to COVID-19, face-to-face tutoring is unavailable until further notice.

 Questions? , Please email Dr. Boukaabar at (

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:

 WCONLINE screenshot of login screen.

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.

Another option is email. Question? Please email or

Student can send an email to 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.

Additional Information

VLC Staff

Dr. Kaddour Boukaabar, Ph.D.
Executive Director VLC

Ms. Kathy Nogy
Administrative Assistant

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

Foundry Writing Center Mission

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:

  1. More effective writers
  2. Independent writers
Learning Assistance Center Mission

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:

  1. Succeed in their assisted courses.
  2. Increase thier confidence and self-efficiancy.
  3. Augment their metacognative skills.
  4. Grow into independent learners.
Advisory Board

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.


Contact Us



LAC x5893
FWC x4336

Noss Hall, 110 and 115

Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.