• Learning Commons

    The Learning Commons is a quiet, resource-rich place to do homework and to study, with a professional educator nearby to help you when you become stuck or have a question. Students can brainstorm a paper, work on a group project, or just sit with a cup of coffee and read alone or with a study, knowing help is nearby for those who need it. Students can:

  • Walk in. Get help.

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    • Meet with faculty and facilitators
    • Work on a paper or homework
    • Improve reading & writing skills
    • Form a study group
    • Become part of a discussion group
    • Work on a group project
    • Attend a skills workshop
    • View & try our computer software
    • It is a walk-in facility, no appointments necessary.
    • Come in if you have homework for your next class session.
    • Anyone needing assistance with reading and writing assignments in any course are welcome.
    • Come in if you need to clarify a point or improve your skills.
  • Learn More About the Learning Commons

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    The Learning Commons is a gathering place for students, faculty and staff; a place they can come to talk over ideas, work on projects or get assistance with reading and writing assignments. The Learning Assistant Center is designed to provide one-on-one tutoring on a scheduled basis from a facilitator, peer tutor or by using appropriate computer assistance.
  • CCAC Learning Commons Coordinator, Ria Buford

    Ria Buford has been with the Learning Commons since its first day at CCAC’s Allegheny Campus. She began as a Reading/Writing Facilitator, and now serves as the Learning Commons Coordinator, while teaching English courses at the CCAC Homewood-Brushton Branch. She began her academic journey at a community college in Seattle, Washington, and transferred to Washington State University after earning her Associate’s. Upon graduating with a double B.A. in English and Communications from Washington State University, Ria moved from her hometown of Seattle to earn her Master's in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon. Ria is a firm believer in the power of education to reaffirm the strength of the human spirit, to uplift communities, and to reach a more equitable society.

    “Here at the Learning Commons, we understand how the power of reading and writing is immeasurable. With literacy, histories have been preserved long after a society has crumbled. Without literacy, societies have been kept in enslavement. The ability to read and write cannot be underestimated because it has meant life and death. Our philosophy as educators and facilitators is to convey the true power of reading and writing and its modern day applications in order to help students protect themselves, express themselves, and understand others.”

    If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the Learning Commons, please don’t hesitate to contact me at rbuford@ccac.edu.
  • Walk-in Learning at the CCAC Learning Commons

    Brainstorm a paper, work on a group project, or just sit with a cup of coffee and read alone or with a study partner; facilitators are nearby for those who need help or tutoring. Hear what these CCAC students have to say.
  • Learning Commons Hours and Locations

    Allegheny: Room L-313, Library
    Boyce: Room N-504
    North: Room 2101
    South: Room L-547

    All Campus Fall Hours
    Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Friday: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
    Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.