A Letter from the President: Spring 2013

As Garrett College begins the Spring semester I would like to take the opportunity to welcome back all of students on behalf of the administration, the faculty, and the staff. It is our goal to provide the best educational resources in our credit and non-credit classes as well as all of the support services that will make each individual’s learning experience successful.

During the Fall semester we opened our Garrett College Advising and Academic Success Center (AASC) and hosted an open house to familiarize students with the services available to them. These include academic, personal, career, and transfer advising, plus academic support in math, writing, testing, and individual tutoring.

We assembled a professional staff to support students in achieving their education goals while at Garrett College and through the transfer process for those moving on to a four-year college or university. We hired Academic Success Advisors to work with students throughout the semester, monitoring their academic success, intervening as necessary, and guiding them through their educational, career, and transfer planning.  A new Coordinator of Academic Support also came on board to coordinate the math and writing centers, testing, and tutoring. 

Last semester our dedicated team of math instructors launched our new developmental math programs. They are helping move students move more efficiently through the academic process in shorter periods of time. These instructors also are available to provide individual support through the math labs that we have expanded.

The Garrett College Library and Learning Resource Center continues to provide outstanding support for our students and faculty. Our Instructional Librarian has state-of-the-art research tools and schedules tutorial sessions on how use and access information. During the Fall semester alone 56 sessions were conducted in many different subject areas for a total of well over 84 hours of instruction.

Our Continuing Education and Workforce Development division continue to expand the scope of classes offered for personal growth as well as career preparation. At our outreach locations in Grantsville, Accident, and Oakland, as well as on our McHenry campus, students can access high quality instruction to achieve their educational goals.

We also continue to provide online education options. For many people taking classes via the internet meets their needs more readily than traditional classroom instruction. Some chose to combine both modes of study.

It is our hope that students also take advantage of the services provided at the CARC. Studies have shown that a regular physical workout can improve concentration and learning. So whether it is a workout in the fitness facility, swimming laps in the pool, or taking an exercise class, using the opportunities offered at the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex can enhance education.

As we wish our students a successful Spring semester we also hope that they will be glad that they chose Garrett College and that they experience challenging classes that motivate them to excel.