Student Success Center

The Student Success Center (SSC) located in Room 121 Maine Hall empowers students to take personal responsibility for their learning by offering a variety of free services that students can access to help them succeed at Eastern Maine Community College.  These services include:

  • Academic Advising
  • Disability Services
  • Lunch and Learn Workshops
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Placement Testing
  • Supplemental Instruction for Mathematics
  • Tutoring
  • Writing Lab

Additionally, SSC staff members oversee the First-Year Experience and Developmental Education courses offered at EMCC.  The Center is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. though most services are only available during the daytime hours. 

Academic Advising – The SSC Advisors provide students with guidance in making wise choices and in becoming responsible consumers of their own education.  SSC Advisors help students

  • develop educational plans and select appropriate courses to fulfill degree  or transfer requirements;
  • understand EMCC policies and procedures; and
  • identify available institutional resources and support services.

Appointments are strongly encouraged and can be made by emailing success@emcc.edu.

Disability Services -  The Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) is housed within the Student Success Center at EMCC.  The OSD provides and coordinates services to students with documented disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Students requesting accommodations must submit appropriate documentation to the Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities to be considered for accommodations. Students with disabilities who would like to request accommodations for a documented disability should contact Amy Sturgeon at 207-974-4868 or email her at asturgeon@emcc.edu.

Lunch and Learn Workshops – The SSC offers personal development and academic success workshops throughout the semester to help students become successful active learners.  These free workshops, facilitated by professional staff members, will cover a variety of topic areas including self-management, financial literacy, note and test taking strategies, to name a few.  For more information and a Lunch and Learn Schedule, email success@emcc.edu.

Peer Mentoring – The SSC Peer Mentoring program aims to provide a supportive environment for new students during their first semester of classes.  Peer mentors assist new students by making them aware of resources available on campus and by helping them make the transition to college. Peer mentors will also lead Lunch and Learn presentations focusing on adjusting to college life. The goal of this program is for new students to learn how to manage their college career first-handedly from their peers’ perspectives.

Placement Testing – The SSC coordinates English and mathematics placement testing for all incoming students unless exempted by the Admissions Office.  The results of the assessment provide a basis for the student’s educational plan and helps determine the classes for which they are adequately prepared and have the most opportunity for success.  For more information about placement testing or to schedule a testing date, go to the Schedule Placement Test link on the www.emcc.edu homepage.

Supplemental Instruction for Mathematics (SI) – The SSC offers weekly study sessions for students enrolled in select mathematics courses.  These sessions are guided by professional staff or trained peer leaders who have either already successfully completed the course or who have demonstrated mastery of the subject area.  For more information and a SI Schedule, email success@emcc.edu.

Tutoring – The SSC provides professional and peer tutoring services for most courses offered at EMCC.  The goal of the EMCC tutoring program is to provide a supportive learning environment, instill confidence, and encourage independent learning.  To access tutoring services, students can drop by the SSC to fill out a tutoring request form or email success@emcc.edu.

Writing Lab – The SSC Writing Lab is available at select times throughout the week to students who need assistance with any written assignment.  Professional and peer writing specialists help students work on effective strategies for all aspects of the writing process.  For more information and a Writing Lab schedule, email success@emcc.edu.