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HBC strives to provide every student pathways to success in their academic endeavors.  The HBC Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers the TOOLS FOR SUCCESS online tutorial programs through the PLATO Learning Environment (PLE).  This is a web-based tutorial program designed to assist students strengthen their skills in areas of academic weakness.  Through the Tools for Success programs, HBC offers tutorials for Reading Comprehension, English Language Arts, Mathematics and Writing.  Because this program is web-based, tutorials and tools in PLE are available 24/7 by administrators, instructors and students, making it convenient and flexible.

The Learning Resource Center’s  Tools for Success program  offers the following opportunities for students to benefit from PLE:

Career Perspective Class

The OR102 Career Perspective Class is designed to help students improve skills where areas of deficiency have been identified.  This class is required for students who are on academic probation or have a financial aid appeal in progress.

Students meeting this criteria are automatically enrolled in the Career Perspective Class by the Registrar’s Office.  The Career Perspective Class offers classroom instruction on effective study skills, time-management and other skills for academic success.  Additionally, students are given assignments as needed through the LRC to assess and improve area(s) of weakness in Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, English Language Arts or Writing.  PLE offers web-based, interactive tutorials that are self-guided and available 24/7, wherever a student has internet access.  Based on each individual student’s area(s) of identified weakness, the instructor will assign an Accucess assessment to students enrolled in the Career Perspective Class.  Using the results of the assessment, PLATO will prescribe an individualized set of coursework to improve areas of academic deficiency.   If a student requires assistance with writing skills, the instructor may also assign the PLATO Writing Modules to abate deficiencies.

The Career Perspective Class meets for one-hour per week for eight-weeks (one credit hour).  Attendance is required per HBC attendance policies.  Students will have access to their PLE accounts for the entire semester.

Tutoring Program

The Tools for Success Program offers web-based tutorials designed to aid students who have requested assistance with Reading Comprehension, Mathematics, English Language Arts or Writing.    The Program offers web-based, interactive tutorials through PLE.  Tutorials are self-guided and available 24/7, wherever a student has internet access.  There is no additional class attendance requirement for this program but student progress is monitored.  Students can be enrolled at any time during the academic year, upon request in the Registrar’s Office.  Enrollment is voluntary and no credits are earned for participation.

Students may request self-enrollment in the Tutorial Program through the Registrar’s Office. Upon enrollment, the Program Facilitator (Instructor) will assign the student an Accucess Assessment in the subject matter(s) of need.  Based on the assessment, PLATO will prescribe an individualized set of coursework to improve areas of academic deficiency.   If a student requires assistance with writing skills, the instructor may also assign the PLATO Writing Modules to abate deficiencies.

Students may stay enrolled in the Tutorial Program throughout their academic tenure at HBC; however after six weeks of inactivity, Tutorial Program participants will be removed from the program.

Computer Lab Hours

The LRC programs are web-based and available 24/7 wherever the user has internet access.  Therefore, users can access their accounts at any time.  However, for students who may not have a personal computer or internet access, the HBC Computer Lab is available Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursday from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Students must check in at the Registrar’s Office for access to the Computer Lab.

Accessing the Learning Resource Center

PLE can be accessed via the Learning Resource Center (LRC). Click the link above to access LRC.  You will find descriptions of the PLE programs and a link to Log-In.

 

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