Bring Your Future Into Focus
The Learning Commons at Otero Junior College provides students with access to a large space providing an umbrella of learning support services, utilizing the very latest in educational technology. Funded in part by U.S. Department of Education, Title III, Part F STEM Funds, the Otero Junior College Learning Commons is home to Wheeler Library, the Venom Pit Coffee Shop, TRiO Student Support Services, and the Academic Success Center.
Some of the features of the Learning Commons include: access to databases, personnel to help with research and access to many assistive technology devices and computer options. A variety of seating options and study areas are available to meet each student’s learning styles. Much of the furniture is moveable, which allows students to reconfigure study areas to meet their needs.
General tech support is available Monday through Friday from 8: 00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in McBride Hall 140. Learning Commons tech support is available Monday through Thursdays 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. If the Technology Specialist is not available to assist you, please ask another member of the library staff for assistance. Our staff can help with network password resets and basic printing and tech issues, but we will refer you to the Computer Support Desk for advanced technical problems. You can reach the Computer Support Desk by phone at (719) 384-6970.
Wheeler Library provides a variety of services including research assistance and technical support. The library offers a large collection of print resources including reference, non-fiction, and fiction books, as well as a wide-range of newspapers, magazines and professional journals and DVDs. Reference titles and several full-text databases are available digitally through the library’s website, which is accessible either in-house or remotely.
The Internet, including the OJC computer network, is available through a wireless connection so that students can use their own devices. Learning Commons staff can assist students with course reserves, interlibrary loan, holds, finding and checking-out resources, database login issues, and equipment.
Desktop computers are available for student use, laptops are available for on-campus use, iPads can be checked out for three days, and graphing calculators can be checked out for an entire semester. Students also have access to video cameras, video editing software, and study rooms.
Library instruction and research support are available to orient students to library services including searching the online catalog, accessing research databases, basic Internet searching techniques, and website evaluation.
The Venom Pit Coffee Shop offers Starbucks beverages, smoothies, bottled and canned beverages, freshly baked muffins and cookies, and a variety of salads and sandwiches.
The Academic Success Center (ASC) is adjacent to Wheeler Library in the Learning Commons. The ASC provides students with additional areas to study independently and in group settings. Students who visit the Academic Success Center can make appointments with academic tutors or peer coaches throughout the day and into the evening hours.
Students can receive free one-on-one tutoring in the ASC in all math and science courses, along with free tutoring in research and writing.
Group tutoring and interactive experiences that supplement classroom lectures and labs are held daily in the Academic Success Center. Commonly referred to as PLUS Sessions, students can attend these sessions free of charge to gain the additional support and understanding they need or success in their math and science courses. Anatomy and Physiology models, Apple TVs and other assistive learning devices are available for student use.
In addition to individual and group tutoring, our professional tutors and peer coaches manage three study zones per week in the Learning Commons. These zones include: (1) Research, Reading, and Writing; (2) Math; and (3) Science. Collaborative student learning is encouraged within these study zones and tutors and peer coaches are available to assist students as needed.
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRiO Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The program is focused toward students who have one or more of the following factors: first-generation, low-income or disabled.
Use the link above to log in to PaperCut and you will be taken to the Summary page displayed for your use. The summary page will display your current printing activities and information. Users are urged to monitor their transactions and print jobs to maintain an account balance. More information can be found in My OJC under the Student tab.
Students are welcome to enjoy all of the services offered in the Learning Commons including The Venom Pit Coffee Shop.
|OJC Learning Commons includes the Wheeler Library, TRiO, the Venom Pit, and the Academic Success Center.||The Venom Pit coffee shop features Starbucks Coffee and is managed by Sodexo Campus Services.|
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