About Us

LSC Mission, Vision, Learning Outcomes


The Learning Success Center provides academic support and learning strategies through services, resources, and collaborations with faculty that allow students and the community to achieve their academic goals.


The Learning Success Center aspires to contribute to PVCC's role as the higher learning organization of choice for students and the community by providing academic support in a welcoming, helpful environment with trained, respectful staff.

Students who use the LSC will be able to do one or more of the following:

  • Practice and reinforce classroom learning
  • Use a variety of strategies for learning, practicing, and reinforcing class material
  • Learn how to use academic resources for their classes
  • Manage time more effectively
  • Apply college-level study skills to their learning
  • Learn how to prepare for tests
  • Improve their grades
  • Learn to work collaboratively and in groups

Founded in 1987 when the college opened, the Learning Assistance Center, later the Learning Success Center (LSC), embodied the administration’s commitment to a student-development philosophy through a full-service, centralized learning center integral to PVCC’s academic support structure. In 1991, the LSC’s tutoring program, developed by founding LSC director Dr. Rick Sheets and LSC Faculty Liaison Coordinator Dr. Sally Rings, was the first in Arizona to be certified at all three levels (regular, advanced, and master) by the College Reading and Learning Association. Focusing initially on math and writing tutoring and resources, including videotapes and software, the LSC has grown to include tutoring in most college disciplines, a math lab for developmental math, a language lab featuring Rosetta Stone, the student-athlete study table, a large number of current textbooks, anatomy models, ESL conversation groups for students and the community, grammar and study-skills workshops, and academic coaching programs dedicated to college reading and to student success. Tutoring has expanded not only in the number of subjects tutored but also to a second math location in the Q building, where the Mathematics Division and classes are located, and also to the Black Mountain site, currently offering math and writing tutoring. From use by 4.21% of credit-seeking students in 2002-2003, the LSC saw 25.25% of PVCC credit-seeking students in 2012-2013.The LSC has adapted to the needs of students, faculty, and the community in their out-of-class learning throughout the years.

The LSC has expanded its subject offerings to meet demand, moving from predominately math and writing tutoring to include sciences, business, languages, and other subjects. Two study rooms were combined into one to satisfy the needs of larger groups such as P.A.S.S. Time, the student-athlete study table; ESL grammar and conversation groups; anatomy and physiology test reviews; and workshops. Academic reading coaching, focusing on college reading skills in any discipline, and academic success coaching, focusing on time management, college referrals, and organizational skills for students new to college, are the most recent additions to LSC services.