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Black Hills Learning Center

February 4, 2014


By Tamera Marshall, BHLC Assistant
Spring Term Underway

Happy New Year! UTTC Black Hills Learning Center welcomes new and returning students!

Student orientation was held January 6, kicking-off the Spring 2014 Semester. With classes well underway, attendance has nearly doubled.
The center provides access to excellence in education for a diverse group of students in the Black Hills area. Many are high achievers who are the first in their families to attend college. They’re from Cheyenne River, Oglala, Rosebud and Sisseton-Wahpeton. Many are employed full time and have a desire to continue their education to provide a comfortable life for their families.
Instructional progress is evident with five classes now offered on-site. Students have more options at the center for face-to-face instruction.

Welcome Instructors
Dee LeBeau-Hein (Cheyenne River) is an adjunct instructor teaching pre-English. She is an instructor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and mentors in the SDSMT’s Tiospaye Scholarship Program. LeBeau-Hein earned a Master of Science Degree in Administration from USD and previously taught a Native American Curriculum at the University of Iowa for six years.
Gary Nelson is an adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor. He earned a master’s in CJ at California State University. He previously taught CJ courses at OLC, directed the Tribal Police Academy and recently retired from counseling work.
Kathlene Thurman is the center’s interim director. She’s also adjunct instructor for Intro classes in Business and Computers. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Sophia University and a master’s in management from University of Mary. Thurman will be instructing and assisting students through their academic careers in the classroom and with numerous support services.

Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Check out our website for a complete listing of courses and degree programs. Like us on FaceBook.

More Info: Tamera Marshall, 605-721-3310, 605-858-1185, tmarshall@uttc.edu.

BHLC work study students, from left: Toni High Pipe, Lana Mesteth and  Hail Baird.
– Tamera Marshall BHLC photo

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The Black Hills Learning Center in Rapid City held an open house for UTTC Alumni and the local community during LNI on December 19. It just happened to be the day “Mother Nature” decided to coat the area with lots of SNOW! Even with the bad weather, alumni and community leaders attended the open house and toured the new facility, meeting here with UTTC Vice President Phil Baird.
– Charisse Fandrich/Community Development Liaison

Strategies to Survive and Excel
By Kathlene Thurman, BHLC Interim Director
With Spring classes underway, it’s an exciting time at BHLC. The first few weeks of school are extremely important for all students but especially for new college students. It’s this time when decisions can have an effect on the rest of your life.
Keep these things in mind:
Be Confident: Strive for good grades. Your attitude about a class dictates your success and is reflected in your grades. Set goals and work hard to achieve them.
Get Organized: In college it’s up to you to manage your time; watch deadlines and prioritize responsibilities.
Get involved. College students who are involved in extracurricular activities are more likely to be better students. You make new friends, learn new skills and feel more connected.
Communicate. Keep in touch with academic advisors, student support staff and classmates. This builds relationships and gives others a chance to get to know your academic strengths and weaknesses so they can help.
Study: Set specific days and times to study when you can have a clear mind and be free from distractions. A routine helps everyone around you to know you are committed to your education, so they will have respect for the hours you are available.
Go to Class: Sleeping in and skipping may be tempting but avoid it. Attending class makes the difference between passing and failing. Become an expert on course requirements and due dates.
Use Your Instructor: Instructors schedule office hours for the sole purpose of meeting with students. Take advantage of this to learn more, and acquire mentors and professional and academic references.
Be Patient: As you settle in, don’t expect to be perfect. Draw strength and inspiration from your previous learning experiences.
Use Support Services: Don’t wait to take advantage of the resources available. Ask for help! Form a study group. Others may be in the same position. Take the initiative!
Take Responsibility: Don't place blame on others; own up to mistakes and move on.
Don't Cut Corners: College is about learning. If you procrastinate and cram, you may still do well on tests, but you will learn very little.
Seek Balance: Take care of yourself. Regulate your diet; exercise and get a good night’s sleep. Balance your time with activities that help you relax and take away stress.
Finally: Enjoy your hard work as you lay the groundwork for success. Take advantage of your network of new friends and instructors. Remember to have fun while learning and be committed to getting the most out of your college experience.

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