Learning CommonsAbout Us
Message from the Director
Thank you for taking a moment to visit the Learning Commons Online. The Learning Commons is your one-stop-shop learning support center at Tallahassee Community College. I encourage you to browse our website to learn more about the services we provide. You will also find a wealth of virtual resources to support you in your success.
Here at the Learning Commons, you will discover a qualified team of Learning Specialists, Tutors, and Academic Success Coaches available to provide targeted academic support for most classes offered by the College. We offer one-on-one and group conferencing, workshops, test reviews, boot camps, technology support, online resources, and more. Our goal is to create a student-centered environment that provides the tools that you need to thrive as an independent learner.
Whether it is through our main campus location, online, or in the classroom, I hope that we have a chance to work with you! Contact me if you have any questions.
The mission of the TCC Learning Commons is to support students, both on campus and online, in their cognitive and affective development by providing academic support and learning strategies with professional and individualized service. The Learning Commons aspires to contribute to TCC’s role as the college of choice for students through a trained, respectful staff in a welcoming, nonjudgmental, and helpful environment.
The Learning Commons started as four separate learning centers and a stand-alone computing center. The building started its journey as the Legislative Research Center and Museum housing documents and personal items, such as art and gavels from the Florida Legislature. It was also used to house conferences occasionally. Discussion had begun on a concept of a Learning Commons in 2003. In 2006, Dr William D. Law Jr. announced the building could be utilized for the new “Learning Commons.” The historic items were being moved to the old Capital building in downtown Tallahassee.
Dr Bertha Murray, Dean of Academic Support, led the charge to develop the new concept bringing in key people from across the campus, including the coordinators from the existing Learning Centers (Vera Mayes, Sandy Sampson, Allison Iglehart and Eloise Bradford). Faculty and staff from across the campus led to the development of the facility for its new purpose. With the retirement of Dr. Murray, Dr. Sally Search led the project to completion in 2008 after many years of research and planning for the new holistic facility. The new facility has a variety of spaces, including classroom, meeting, study rooms, tutoring spaces, plenty of computers, and a myriad of resources in a variety of modalities.
More space and funding have also allowed for the breadth and depth of resources and services to be expanded. Prior to the Learning Commons coming online, science and accounting help were limited. Reading and English Skills assistance was only available to those enrolled in a developmental class. Campus wide access to assistance in reading, test taking, and success strategies have been valuable additions. Other areas that have been added based on student need were: Economics, Humanities and Spanish.