WCC is looking for ways to help students succeed — especially when it involves having access to computers, library resources and a quiet place to study.
That’s why the college plans to open its library on Saturdays in spring 2014 as a pilot project, funded by a $13,210 grant from the UH Community Colleges’ Part-Time Student Committee.
Librarian Tara Severns said, “We’ve had a lot of requests for expanded hours for nights or weekends.” Tentative Saturday hours are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Having to juggle classes as well as work during the week, many students aren’t able to use the library during the regular weekday hours.
WCC will be one of three community colleges on the island with Saturday hours. However, it will be the only college that will have its testing center also open.
The services covered by the grant include the reference and circulation desks, the Testing Center, the Speech Lab, the Math Lab and the Writing Resource Center.
WCC will be offering four classes on Saturday, mainly to give students a chance to speed completion of their degrees .
Part of the idea of opening the library on Saturday is to make services available and get people the help they need.
Severns mentioned that the library has several openings for student workers.
by John Bascuk, Ka ‘Ohana Staff Reporter