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The Writing Center



English N60 and 061 courses are part of the Basic Skills Initiative at SCC.

BSI Mission Statement: ​The​ Basic Skills Initiative offers a comprehensive range of academic and instructional support services to build in students a strong commitment to academic and personal development as they pursue their educational goals and embark on lifelong learning.

The SCC Writing Center (WC) is designed to assist students in their study, practice, and communication of English. Specifically, students enrolled in English N60 and 061 courses use the center for additional instruction and guidance complementary to their primary instruction in composition. Part of the N60 and 061 curriculum requires that students spend 50 minutes per week in the center working on materials specific to N60 and 061 coursework, including conferencing with their WC instructor and working on CONNECT, an online writing program focused on all elements of writing: reading comprehension, the writing process, and grammar, punctuation, and usage.  Students' work in the WC and on CONNECT is evaluated by the N60/061 professors as part of their overall course grade.

The Writing Center exists to promote student success, particularly in the skills which are fundamental to effective communication in all disciplines. English Department professors staff the center in order to best serve the students' needs.

We believe students are most capable of writing well if they can learn to identify their own errors and develop the skills to correct those errors in a way that reveals a unique tone and style. Our guidance will help them become good writers who use proper grammar and punctuation as well as their own voice.

What the Writing Center offers

  • Mini-lectures and workshops on grammar and punctuation
  • Assistance in working with CONNECT, an online writing program
  • One-on-one conferencing with English professors
  • Guidance about the writing process, from early planning stages to final polishing ones.
  • Directed Learning Activities worksheets
  • Internet access for research

What the Writing Center does not offer

  • Editing sessions
  • Proofreading services
  • Computer use for emails
  • Computer use for typing non-academic materials