Student Learning Center

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    Thank you to everyone who donated last year. With your contributions to the Student Learning Center, our student staff was able to participate in and be compensated for specialized trainings. Through guest speakers and conferences, our tutors were able to gain the knowledge needed to work toward their College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) certification and to further support Chico State students.  

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    The Student Learning Center (SLC) empowers CSU, Chico students to become critical thinkers and independent learners through the use of comprehensive student-centered support in diverse, inclusive learning environments. The SLC provides free tutoring to Chico State students. In the 2019-2020 academic year, we served 4,061 students with 40,775 visits. We employ over 120 students as subject tutors, Supplemental Instruction (SI) leaders, writing tutors and clerical staff. 

    The funds raised by this project will help the Student Learning Center in two ways:

    First, it will directly support our Smart Snacks program and help us purchase healthy snacks for hundreds of students who visit the SLC for tutoring or SI every week. We estimate an average cost of approximately 50 cents per snack for things like protein or granola bars, string cheese, and fresh fruit.

    Second, it will help us provide specialized training for our student staff as they work towards their CRLA certification. The SLC is certified through the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA). To ensure students are getting the best help, we provide intense and specialized training for our student staff. The SLC operating budget doesn’t support specialized training such as guest speakers and tutor conferences. Your donation can go a long way in helping us develop our student staff.

    Fundraising Milestones:

    • Every dollar donated helps to make a difference!!
    • $20 provides snacks for 40 students
    • $50 helps cover registration fees for conferences rarely available to student staff
    • $100 will help contribute to one tutor’s CRLA certification training hours
    • $200 provides snacks for 400 students


    1. Why is the Smart Snacks program needed?

    Many students can go from class to work to tutoring back to class with no breaks in between to eat. It is hard to fill your mind on an empty stomach. The Student Learning Center (SLC) wishes to provide a consistent source of nutritious snacks for students who otherwise may not be able to eat during their time on campus.

    1. What kinds of snacks will be provided?

    High protein, healthy choice snacks such as protein bars, apples, bananas, cheese sticks, trail mix, etc.

    1. Do you have other sources of funding available to you?

    No, funding is completely donation driven. All university funding provided for the SLC goes to pay our tutors and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Leaders.

    1. Do you receive Student Learning Fee (SLF) dollars?

    Although we do receive SLF dollars, they are competitive and not guaranteed. Once secured, the funding has to be used for tutor salary and cannot be used for specialized training.

    1. What if I can’t donate money? Can I donate food instead?

    Please make a donation to the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry in our name.

    1. What types of training do tutors receive?

    All tutors receive 10 hours of mandatory training the beginning of the fall semester and optional 10 hours of training at the beginning of the spring semester. Writing tutors and SI leaders receive continuous training throughout the semester and occasional opportunities to attend regional conferences in their respective areas.

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