The Teaching/Learning Center (T/LC) provides services to students and to faculty both inside and outside of the classroom to help students become successful independent learners. This support from professional staff, peer tutors, other students, or by way of T/LC services to faculty includes determination of needs; individual, group, and distance facilitation; and services needed to promote lifelong learning and the mission of Delta College.
The Teaching/Learning Center (T/LC) at Delta College began in 1975, making it one of the oldest college tutoring centers in Michigan. Located in the lower East Concourse, the T/LC had a part-time professional staff of two. Within a year, student tutors were added to provide more student support. Through the 1980s, tutoring demand provided the impetus for hiring a full-time director and a tutoring coordinator. Part-time professional tutors and additional student tutors were hired. Technology was also used to provide additional study support. In the 1990s, staffing increased with the addition of new programs: Peer Mentoring in 1992 (now the Facilitated Study Group Program), CRLA certification in 1995 and 1996, and Structured Learning Assistance in 1998. In 1999, the T/LC moved into Delta's new Library Learning Information Center, joining the Library, the Academic Testing Center, and the Open Computer Lab to create a central location for student academic support. The Teaching/Learning Center’s part-time and full-time professional staff and student tutors provide academic support for about one-third of Delta's students each semester. A tutorial computer lab, adaptive technology, and a strong web presence have increased the T/LC's ability to serve students. Innovative training certified by the College Reading and Learning Association and an award-winning student and professional staff insure that Delta students have access to the best in tutoring.
- Delta College is the 2012 recipient of the National Association for Developmental Education's John Champaign Memorial Award for Outstanding Developmental Education Program. The T/LC's tutoring and SLA programs are a vital part of developmental education at Delta!
- Linda Krukowski received the Support Staff Excellence Award from Delta College in 2012.
- Delta's 2010 Robert DeVinney Endowed Teaching Chair was awarded to a team that included T/LC Director Jim Valkenburg, Developmental Education Director Mary Beth Looby, Bridge Program Director Marcie Carter, Business Division Chair Felicia Peters, and T/LC staff member Elizabeth Dewey.
- The Library Learning Information Center, including the Teaching/Learning Center, was named the Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center for Two-Year Colleges for 2010! This award is sponsored by the National College Learning Center Association and the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education portal. The LLIC and T/LC websites also picked up a third place in the NCLCA/LSCHE 2010 Website Awards, the only community college site among the winners.
- The T/LC's site took third place in 2009 and in 2003, as well as honorable mentions in 2006 and 2001, in the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education web portal and the National College Learning Center Association website contest.
- The T/LC's tutor training program was first certified at Level 1/ Regular by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) in 1996. Level 2/Advanced certification was earned in 1997, and Level 3/Master in 1999. In June 2010 the program was recertified at all three levels through June 2015.
- In 2009, Sheilanthi Chandran received the ECAPS Outstanding Teamwork Award, along with Disabilities Services Director Mike Cooper, in recognition of their work to provide assistive technology for Delta's students.
- Elizabeth Dewey was part of the Developmental Education Coordinating Team that received the Sungard Endowed Teaching Chair at Delta in fall 2008.
- The T/LC professional staff-- Sheilanthi Chandran, Elizabeth Dewey, Randy Rummel, Karen Treadway, and Jim Valkenburg-- received Delta's Outstanding A/P Team Player Award sponsored by ECAPS in April 2005.
- Tutoring Coordinator Jane Speer and Student Development Specialist Elizabeth Dewey received Delta's Don Laughner Award for Creative Change in 1999 for the development of the CRLA certified training program. They also received the Innovators of the Year for Delta from the League for Innovation in the Community College.
- The Teaching/Learning Center received the Outstanding Program Award from the National Tutoring Association in 1999. Maria Perez, our 1999 Peer Mentor of the Year, was also named the NTA's Tutor of the Year in 1999.
- Other T/LC award winners include Mary Grocholski, our Cooper Award Tutor of the Year and the Michigan Tutorial Association's Tutor of the Year for 2006; and Steve Kowalski, our Cooper Award Tutor of the Year and the Michigan Tutorial Association's Tutor of the Year in 2000.
- Since 1998 twenty-three students have received the Mary Jane Cooper Award for Outstanding Tutor/Peer Mentor..
Teaching/Learning Center, A110
1961 Delta Road
University Center, MI 48710