ECC’s new Hub open house is Nov. 6
The public is invited to an open house showcasing The Hub at Ellsworth Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 4 to 6 pm. The open house coincides with a Chamber Alive After Five event, and will be an opportunity for participants to see the facility, learn about expanded services, and meet The Hub staff and ECC students.
“The creation of The Hub has been an exciting process that’s been driven by the College’s continued emphasis on student success,” says Tracie Self, ECC Director of Student Support Services. “The Ellsworth College Trustees funded an extensive and impressive renovation of the lower level of Kruse Main over the summer months … most people have told us it looks like a completely new area, which was certainly our goal. Although a few pieces of furniture still remain to be delivered and we don’t yet have artwork or signage up, we’ve had students in here using the space and they definitely appreciate all that we have to offer them.”
The Hub includes space for socializing as well as space for individual and group study. Self says The Hub will be a new landing spot for ECC’s many commuter students, who haven’t had their own space in which to study or spend time when they’re not in classes. Furnishings have been tailored for individual study, individual testing, and small group meetings. There will be a kitchenette area and space where food and beverages are permitted.
Other services available through The Hub staff include personal and career counseling, academic advising for Liberal Arts majors, financial aid assistance, study tables for student-athletes, peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, services for students with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation services, TRiO student support services, and Panther Success groups for individuals who need extra academic support.
“When this area was known as the Academic Center for Excellence/ACE, it was thought of as the place for students who were struggling academically,” says Self. “The facility renovations, combined with the expanded services and new name, will be the key to The Hub becoming a place where all ECC students feel comfortable and welcomed. We fully intend to see a steady stream of happy, productive students in here on a daily basis.”
The Hub is located in the lower level of Kruse Main Hall on the main ECC campus. It is accessible via the ramp on the southwest corner of Kruse Main. New hours for The Hub are Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 am to 8 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 4:30 pm, and Fridays from 8 am to noon.