Western Oregon celebrates new Student Success Center with Groundbreaking Ceremony

MONMOUTH, Ore. – Western Oregon University will hold a ceremony to commemorate the groundbreaking of its new Student Success Center on Monday, August 7.

What: Student Success Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

When: Monday, August 7th, 2023

Where: 435 Monmouth Ave N • Monmouth, OR 97361

Parking: Lot B (east entrance behind Old Education building)

The Center will house several student focused resources, including: Tutoring, Math Center, Writing Center, Office of Disabilities Services, Center for Professional Pathways, Student Advising Center, and a first generation student area. This center will create an equitable and accessible one stop location for the support and aid of our students’ needs.

“This Student Success Center will be a key building as we continue to support our students, including many first generation and historically underserved students,” shared President Jesse Peters. “Creating a building that will champion our students’ needs all in one space is instrumental to our university’s mission.”

On the site for the new Center is the building that housed the previous Education building, built in 1966. This building helped shape and support 50 years of education majors that have prepared and taught the future generations. The new Richard Woodcock Education building opened in 2016.

The total square footage of the new construction is 30,479 square ft; 50 percent of the building will be completely demolished to the foundation and the remaining 50 percent will be gutted to structural concrete. 

“The Student Success Center project from concept to design, has been a collaborative project with student needs at the center of every decision. Its centralized location, being in the very heart of campus, will create access to important campus resources and a connection to other student support and academic services,” shared Vice President of Student Affairs, Tina Fuchs and Dean of Students, Malissa Larson. “Once completed, the Center will create meaningful opportunities for our students to connect with peers and support staff. This in turn will lead to meaningful outcomes both in and outside of the classroom.” 
We will continue to communicate with the community around the projected timeline for this project. Our campus building and construction team is working tirelessly and carefully to create this pivotal building. For more information and updates, visit: https://wou.edu/cpc/current-projects/#student-success-center

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