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BSC Celebrates Transitional Studies Emporium with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony & Open House

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    Tuesday, October 22 2013
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—The Bluefield State College community celebrated the opening of a new “Transitional Studies Emporium (TSE)” with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house in the Basic Science Building, October 18.  The Emporium “represents a bold advance in developmental education,” according to Dr. Sean Connolly (Director of the BSC Department of Transitional Studies).

The Emporium is a centerpiece in the College’s Developmental Renovation Plan that was launched at the start of the Fall 2013 Semester.  With the increasing emphasis placed upon developmental education by the U.S. Department of Education and on the state level by the Higher Education Policy Commission, BSC has partnered with Complete College America and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to fund the facility.  Grant funding has underwritten the state-of-the-art technology in the Emporium’s lab, technology training for developmental education instructors, and conference travel for professional developmental education. 

Jessica Thompson, Instructor of Developmental Mathematics and TSE Coordinator and Dr. Jan Czarnecki, Coordinator of Developmental English, and the BSC Office of Research and Sponsored Programs have played important roles in delivering the services provided through the Emporium.

“The new technologies provided both in the lab and in our course curricula are able to strategically target student needs in developmental English and mathematics by using computer-assisted instruction that individualizes student lesson planning,” Connolly added.

The Emporium also nurtures a feeling of community among students, which should help with retaining students during the vitally important period from freshman to sophomore year.  “Bluefield State College has set a standard for developmental education programming and instruction,” Connolly observed.  “Our Transitional Studies lab is not merely a learning facility, but is a symbol of the swift and strong advances the College has made to address the educational needs of our students, our region, and our country.”

Dr. Connolly also expressed appreciation to the Title III program and to Shelia Johnson, the College’s Vice President for Financial & Administrative Affairs, for their support of the Developmental Studies Emporium.