Academic Support Services

The Division of English, Mathematics and Education offers a variety of academic support services and resources designed to assist students in meeting their educational goals and in maximizing their potential for academic success.

Math Learning Center

Fall Semester Hours:

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Monday & Wednesday Evenings
  • 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Spring Semester Hours:

  • Monday - Friday
  • 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
  • Monday & Wednesday Evenings
  • 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Summer Semester Hours:

  • Monday - Thursday
  • 8:00 a.m.-Noon
  • Monday & Wednesday Evenings
  • 6:00 p.m.-9:45 p.m.

The Math Learning Center offers courses in Basic Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Geometry and Technical Math. These courses are designed to help students improve the math skills needed for college level math.

The center provides individualized instruction through textbooks, computer software and one-on-one help. Students receive an assignment sheet and testing schedule. Materials are available for improving study skills and reducing math anxiety.

The Math Learning Center also offers courses at the Ottawa Center, Streator High School, and Princeton High School  if enrollment allows.

MLC Ottawa Center meets on Monday, Wednesday, Friday mornings or on Wednesday evenings.
MLC Princeton meets on Tuesday evenings at Princeton High School.
MLC Streator meets on Tuesday evenings at Streator High School.

Disability Services

Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are available through the office of Disability Services, located in C-211. Students must request academic accommodations. The need for those accommodations must be validated by documentation and/or supporting evidence  that the student must provide. A combination of hard work and commitment, as well as IVCC's academic assistance, will help students with disabilities move toward attaining their college goals.

Transitional Services

  • Coordination with high school and/or previous college or agency when requested
  • Assistance with admission and registration procedures. College visits and informational sessions can be coordinated with area high schools.
  • Testing accommodations for IVCC's placement testing

Academic Accommodations

  • Testing accommodations
  • Note taking services
  • Scribes
  • Assistive technology
  • Alternate text format
  • Sign language interpreters

Support Services

  • Individual study assistance/guidance
  • Peer tutoring referrals
  • Availability of special needs coordinator for academic and personal advising
  • Limited diagnostic testing

Information regarding documentation guidelines and forms, initially acquiring services, and accommodation processes for current students can be found at http://www.ivcc.edu/disability/.

Learning Commons

Peer Tutoring

The Peer Tutoring Center is a learning assistance program that helps students meet their goals. The center offers peer tutoring at no extra cost to IVCC students. Peer tutors provide individual and small group academic support when students need extra help to:

  • understand daily assignments
  • review course material
  • develop effective study skills for a course

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free service available to all registered part-time and full-time IVCC students for help at any stage of the writing process. Students can make an appointment, or walk-ins are welcome if a tutor is free.

The Writing Center offers:

  • One-on-one interaction with a qualified peer tutor or English instructor
  • Help with:
    • brainstorming or outlining
    • large-scale revisions, like organization and development, and small-scale revisions, like style and sentence structure
    • grammar and punctuation
    • MLA, APA, or Chicago documentation
  • Multiple handouts on numerous essay and writing subjects
  • English Language Learners conversation partners 
  • Online help for students enrolled in online courses
  • As many sessions as the student desires throughout the semester

Student Help Desk and Open Computer Lab

The Student Help Desk offers a wide range of personalized computer technology assistance. Whether you're enrolled in a computer course or just need to use the computer to complete an assignment, the staff will assist you in learning the appropriate application. The computers are equipped with Microsoft Windows operating system and Microsoft Office Professional in addition to many other specialized applications from other departments including, CAD, nursing, and programming. The center also provides several resources for you to enjoy your learning experience: Internet access, scanners, printers, headphones, and MAC computers.

WebAdvisor

The Student Help Desk offers workshops and support prior to the start of registration.  Help resources are also available online at http://www.ivcc.edu/webadvisor.

IVCC Education Lab/Resource Center

The Education Lab/Resource Center is located in D-208 and provides a variety of educational resources and supplies for IVCC students to utilize for course projects/assignments.  ECE faculty offices are located within this space. It is also a great place to network with other education students and provides quiet spaces for reading/studying.  The resources include:

  • Computers and IPads
  • Printer and copier
  • Accu-Cut machine with a variety of die-cuts
  • Laminating machine
  • Book binder
  • Education resource books
  • Educational journals and magazines
  • Parenting resources
  • Children’s books
  • Educational supplies (construction paper, poster board, bulletin board paper, markers, glue, art supplies and much more …)

The days and times of availability are based on faculty schedules each semester.   Call Tammy Landgraf (ECE Program Coordinator) at 815-224-0477 or e-mail Tammy_Landgraf@icvcc.edu if you would like to request a specific time to have access to the Resource Center and Lab.

Campus Technology

Classroom & Meeting Room Technology

The College is committed to providing students with technologies they can expect to encounter in the workplace or at other higher education institutions. Lecture classrooms include presentation technologies. There are over 800 student computers on campus, including the open computing facilities in the Learning Commons and Library. The campus receives television services which are on display in the cafeteria and can be delivered to all areas of the college.

Wireless Access

(815) 224-0318
http://www.ivcc.edu/myivcc

Students may bring in personal laptops and gain access to the Internet wirelessly in most areas of the college. Personal computers must meet minimum security standards, including antivirus updates and operating system security patches. Assistance is available in the Computer Resource Center, D201.

Computer Accounts

(815) 224-0318
http://www.ivcc.edu/myivcc

Students enrolled in a college credit course will receive access to

  • a computer network account with secure file storage
  • an email account
  • WebAdvisor Student Information System
  • Blackboard Learning Management System
  • Jacobs Library online resources

Online Campus Services

http://www.ivcc.edu

The campus home page is the door to services available anytime of the day or night. Students may look at updated program guides, apply to the college, search class schedules, pay tuition bills, purchase textbooks, conduct library research, check schedules of events, and participate in classes. New online services are added frequently.  Quick access to many of the services is available at http://www.ivcc.edu/myivcc.

Jacobs Library

http://www.ivcc.edu/library
(815) 224-0306

Jacobs Library provides resources to enhance the IVCC learning programs and services that enable our community to seek, evaluate, and use information. Access to international information sources and culturally enriching materials is provided through traditional library resources and through an extensive array of online information sources, including

  • Books
  • eBooks
  • Audiobooks
  • Periodicals
  • Online periodical databases
  • Videos

Through the Jacobs Library Web page (www.ivcc.edu/library) students and community members benefit from access to magazine and journal articles and article indexing from thousands of periodicals. The Jacobs Library Online catalog is shared by over 75 I-Share academic libraries in Illinois. IVCC students use many of the same information tools available in Illinois four-year universities.

A fully equipped instructional lab is located in the library and is used to teach research and information literacy skills to students. When not scheduled, the lab is open for use by students. A number of other computers are available outside the lab. To facilitate research and group study, the wireless connection in the library gives students Internet access. They may check-out one of the library's laptops or they may bring one of their own devices. Student copy machines are also located in the library.

More information, including operating hours, is available on the library Web site.