Indiana Tech: Current Students: Student Support Services

Student Support Services

Students studying at the Student Support Center, located in Andorfer Commons

TRiO Student Support Services encompasses a wide range of programs and services to support your academic endeavors. A student will find help with study skills, tutoring, writing assistance, peer support, advising, and an understanding staff to help him/her over the bumps on the collegiate road.

Our TRiO Student Support Services program at Indiana Tech is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of TRiO programs is to help income eligible and/or first generation college students to persist to earn a four year degree. For the purposes of the grant a first generation college student is defined as one whose parent/guardian has not earned a four year degree.

Each year 70 new eligible students and 40 prior year participants are selected to participate. All our services are focused on those 110 students during that academic year. Other prior year participants may also receive occasional services as needed. Services include, but are not limited to:

*These services are also subsidized by the university so that students who are not eligible for TRiO but are in need of assistance may participate.

Peer Tutoring & Tutoring Center

Students studying at the Student Support Center, located in Andorfer Commons

Peer-tutoring provides Indiana Tech traditional day students with tutoring for most courses offered at Indiana Tech, particularly courses in mathematics, engineering, science, English, and accounting. All peer-tutoring is free to all Indiana Tech traditional day students. In addition to scheduled peer-tutoring, occasional drop-in peer tutoring is available on a limited basis. Tutoring Center staff work together to match peer tutors and students for academic success.

Peer tutoring is provided by Indiana Tech traditional day students who have successfully completed the course(s) with an A or B for which they provide tutoring. Tutors must have a minimum 3.0 overall GPA as well as a minimum 3.0 major GPA. Tutors must also have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours to be eligible to be a peer tutor. If a student meets the criteria and wishes to become a peer tutor, he/she is encouraged contact the Tutoring Center for more information.

The Tutoring Center opens the second full week of each semester. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, and Sunday-Thursday evenings from 8-10 p.m. The Tutoring Center is located in Andorfer Commons, Room 223. The Tutoring Center has 10 client server computers available for students to use during open hours.

Students studying at the Student Support Center, located in Andorfer Commons

Mentoring

New participants in the TRiO Student Support Services program are paired with upper class students who serve as peer mentors to help ease the transition into college life. Peer mentors are available to answer questions and offer support throughout the student’s first semester.

Study Skills Class

The College Study Skills course (IIT 1050) is designed to promote academic success in college by assisting students in learning skills necessary to reach their educational objectives and developing life skills. In the College Study Skills course, students learn to manage time more efficiently, organize course materials more effectively, improve memory and concentration, use a note taking system and apply strategies to read textbooks more effectively. Students also learn how to prepare for tests and exams appropriately, locate and utilize a variety of resources on and off campus, identify personal learning styles and examine personal issues that may impact college success.

Class meets once a week for the entire semester.

The College Study Skills course (IIT 1050) is designed to promote academic success in college by assisting students in learning skills necessary to reach their educational objectives and developing life skills. In the College Study Skills course, students learn to manage time more efficiently, organize course materials more effectively, improve memory and concentration, use a note taking system and apply strategies to read textbooks more effectively. Students also learn how to prepare for tests and exams appropriately, locate and utilize a variety of resources on and off campus, identify personal learning styles and examine personal issues that may impact college success.

Class meets once a week for the entire semester.

Academic Advising

The TRiO Student Support Services staff is available on a drop-in basis or by appointment to meet individually with students to discuss academic progress and/or concerns. All TRiO participants, students in the College Study Skills class, and Safety Net program will meet monthly with staff to review academic progress reports from each of their classes and to strategize for success. Advisors also assist with academic planning, course selection, financial aid, and graduate/professional school planning.

Guidance/Referral for Personal Issues

Student Support Services maintains a list of community agencies/ resources for students who may need counseling for personal issues when campus resources are unavailable. Community agencies/resources often offer their services at a reduced or sliding fee for students.

Student Leadership Conference

Indiana Tech TRiO Student Support Services participates in a statewide TRiO Student Leadership Conference each year in Indianapolis. Students learn the importance of advocacy, participate in a House or Senate session, observe a State Court of Appeals oral argument, and listen to speakers talk about leadership and the importance of being a leader in today’s society.

Leadership Retreat

TRiO Student Support Services hosts an overnight leadership retreat every spring semester. Students are challenged to "think outside the box" and step out of their comfort zone as they complete activities which encourage self-discovery and team building and provide a foundation for developing leadership skills.

Financial Literacy Instruction

TRiO Student Support Services offers TRiO participants several workshops on financial literacy topics: Budgeting, Banking, Saving, Credit Cards and Credit Score, Eating Healthy on a Budget, Financial Aid, and other relevant topics.

Talent Showcase

Student Life and TRiO Student Support Services sponsor an Annual Talent Showcase featuring Indiana Tech students, faculty & staff displaying their many diverse talents. A variety of acts from original rap, R&B, dance, and gospel to renditions of playwrights and poets are performed by and for the Indiana Tech community. This event is held during Spring Semester.

Safety Net Program for Students on Academic Probation

TRiO Student Support Services’ Safety Net Program works in conjunction with the University’s Academic Intervention (AI) program for its students on probation (cumulative GPA below 2.0/4.0). Academic Intervention is for students on probation to become more self-aware – to discover their strengths, weakness, barriers to success, and strategies for overcoming those barriers. TRiO participants in the AI program meet regularly with their assigned TRiO staff person to review progress reports and to strategize and implement a plan for academic improvement and success.

Enrichment Workshops

TRiO Student Support Services offers workshops throughout the semester on topics which assist students in being successful in college and life. Topics include Test Taking Strategies, Notetaking, Eating Healthy, Financial Aid Q&A, Scholarships, Setting Goals, and more. In addition, Financial Literacy topics covering budgeting, credit, saving, and others are also covered.

Scholarship Opportunities

TRiO Student Support Services program offers scholarship opportunities each year to eligible participants: a) College Completion Grant; and b) Indiana TRiO Board of Directors Scholarship. Deadlines for these scholarships usually occur in late January. Students are required to submit an application and one page essay to compete. Information and applications are available in the Tutoring Center.

Laptop Loan Program

The TRiO Student Support Services has laptop computers which may be checked out, free of charge, by current and prior year SSS participants on a first come first served basis. The laptop may be checked out for 48 hours. If the equipment is not returned on time or returned damaged, the student’s University business account is charged replacement value for the item.

Calculator Loan Program

The TRiO Student Support Services has TI-83 Plus graphing calculators which may be checked out, free of charge, by current and prior year SSS participants on a first-come, first-served basis. They may be checked out anywhere from a day to the entire semester. If the equipment is not returned on time or returned damaged, the student’s University business account is charged replacement value for the item.

Camera/Video Camera Loan Program

The TRiO Student Support Services has a video camera and digital camera which may be checked out, free of charge, by current and prior year SSS participants on a first-come, first-served basis. They may be checked out for 48 hours. If the equipment is not returned on time or returned damaged, the student’s University business account is charged replacement value for the item.

Computer Access

Ten (10) thin client terminals are available for use in the Tutoring Center (Andorfer Commons, Room 223) during regular business hours and scheduled evening hours. All terminals are loaded with Microsoft Office and have access to the Internet.

Assistive Technology

Student Support Services has available for use Kurzweil 3000 software and a Smart Pen. Students will need to contact the Coordinator of Students with Disabilities for assistance.

TRiO eligibility

Students who believe they may be eligible for the TRiO program may pick up an application in Andorfer Commons, Room 223 (Tutoring Center). Inquiries may also be addressed to Mary Scudder at mcscudder@indianatech.edu or 800.937.2448, ext. 2292. Students who have participated in other TRiO programs (Upward Bound or Talent Search) or the 21st Century Scholars program are likely to be eligible.

Our staff

Mary Scudder

Mary Scudder

Director of TRiO Student Support Services
Office: Andorfer Commons, Room 227
Email: mcscudder@indianatech.edu
Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2292

Lori Watchman

Lori Wachtman

Academic Skills Specialist & Instructor
Office: Andorfer Commons, Room 232
Email: ljwachtman@indianatech.edu
Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2338

Kathy Gibson

Kathy Gibson

Administrative Assistant
Office: Andorfer Commons, Room 223
Email: kmgibson@indianatech.edu
Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2337

Geneva Burgess

Geneva Burgess

Developmental Specialist
Office: Andofer Commons, Room 223A
Email: gjburgess@indianatech.edu
Phone: 260.422.5561, ext. 2396

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