October 14, 2009 by Audry Olmsted @NMSU
New services offered at Student Success Center
The Student Success Center-Zuhl has expanded what it offers to help the New Mexico State University community get the most out of their education and finances.
Financial literacy and online tutoring are two new services aimed at helping students get help when they need it and also to manage their money and scholarships so they can successfully reach graduation.
The center is offering coaching in financial literacy to help students understand all of their options to fund their education and manage their funds effectively so they are not forced to leave school before graduation.
“We’re trying to work at all the different issues that effect students’ ability to fund their education through scholarships, and the state lottery if they qualify,” said Terry Cook, assistant vice president of Student Success.
The financial literacy coaches are NMSU students who have received training through the National Student Loan Program.
Students can attend one-on-one coaching sessions at the Student Success Center, where they can receive guidance in such topics as how to build and manage a budget, avoiding falling into credit card debt and being aware of identity theft.
The financial literacy coaches will also schedule workshops that will be available to everyone.
The center now offers online tutoring as well, expanding on the face-to-face tutoring already in place.
“To be able to provide assistance for student success in a number of different mediums is very important,” said Lisa Kirby, program coordinator for the Student Success Center-Zuhl.
Students can get on a computer anywhere and log into the online tutoring component of the Student Success Center, where they can interact live with a tutor in a multipurpose room complete with whiteboard, audio and webcam abilities.
Even though students must sign into the tutoring using their banner identification number, the sessions can be anonymous if desired.
There are currently eight students with expertise in almost all disciplines at NMSU who are trained to work as tutors.
“We’ve already had students sign up online to get tutoring, which we are very pleased about,” Kirby said.
Online tutoring is available Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m.
The online tutoring component can be accessed from the center’s Web site at http://ssc.nmsu.edu/zuhl/index.html.
Anyone with questions can call the Student Success Center at (575) 646-6050.