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May 9, 2019

New Walters State students enrolled in learning support classes this fall can get started early with the college’s Student Learning Support Academy. The Academy provides three weeks of intense instruction in reading, writing and math. Registration is now open for three different sessions this summer.
The sessions are free. 
“The Learning Support Academy serves as a head start for freshmen.
Students have an opportunity improve skills in math, reading and writing. The Academy also helps students develop effective learning strategies while fostering relationships with college staff,” said Connie Earls, director of student retention at Walters State. 
“The Academy also gives students the chance to get comfortable on our campus. Students have a chance to meet other students and learn about the many student support recourses, like tutoring, that are available on campus.”
Some students may be able to challenge placement test scores through Academy post-testing out of learning support courses, Earls said.
•Academy I begins with a mandatory kickoff meeting on Wednesday, May 29, from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Academy I meets June 3-25 from 8:30 a.m.-noon. 

•Academy II begins with a mandatory kickoff meeting on Wednesday, May 29, from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Academy II meets June3-25 from 1-4 p.m. 
•Academy III begins with a mandatory kick-off meeting on Tuesday, May 28, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Academy III meets on Tuesday and Thursday evenings June 10-Aug 1.
            
Students may register for the academic sessions needed based on learning support placement.   
Adult learner Jamie DeMayo, a health careers major, attended last year’s academy and says the experience helped make her first year of college a successful one.
“It’s great to have a chance to get some of the learning support classes out of the way,” DeMayo said. “For me, though, the biggest advantage I received was learning about college. I was very nervous before the academy. I didn’t know what to expect.”

DeMayo now has a strong GPA and has applied for the college’s physical therapist assistant program.
“Jamie took advantage of everything we covered in last year’s Learning Support Academy. She’s a very successful student,” said Earls.
In addition to the subject areas, students learn how campus technology is used in courses and pick up valuable study and time-management skills. 
Space is limited. For more information, contact Earls at 423-585-6938 or Connie.Earls@ws.edu.

In the Photo: Connie Earls, director of student retention at Walters State, meets with Jamie DeMayo, a health careers student at Walters State. Jamie said last year’s Student Learning Support Academy helped her have a successful freshman year at the college. This year’s academy is now taking applications and will begin May 28.