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Living learning communities provide students the opportunity to live in a collaborative intellectual environment with others of similar academic and career interests and goals. Students who live and attend classes together can easily form study groups and explore common career aspirations that will enhance their regular academic program and provide enriching experiences not normally found in the classroom or housing environment. As a member of a living-learning community, students really get to know their instructors and develop strong friendships with their fellow students. Residents have access to many special resources, programming, services and activities, such as seminars, tutors, mentoring programs, and connections to campus and community resources. Residents experience extensive applicable volunteer and community service opportunities as they prepare to contribute to society as future health professionals.

"Research shows that students living in LLC's tend to develop a higher GPA and that is due to the support of faculty and staff sponsors and the expanded engagement that these students have available to them," Venango College Student Affairs Director Emily Aubele said. "It's an incredible experience and students understand the importance of the program after their fist semester."

This is the first academic year in which the LLC's have been offered to Venango College students. Plans are in place to create additional LLC's in other focus areas to address the diverse population of learners in the future.

"The campus is facing a challenge though. We have created programs that are attracting students from outside the local area and all 89 spaces in our apartment buildings are currently full," said Dr. Chris Reber, Venango College's Executive Dean. "The LLC's are a great attraction to students and we quickly filled all available spaces and now have a waiting list. We are working with the Clarion University Foundation to raise funds for two additional future buildings."

Through generous donations the campus is home to five apartment buildings including Elizabeth S. Black Hall, Edward V. & Jessie L. Peters Hall, Michael F. and Joyce I. Hughes Hall, Leadership Hall, and the Bradford George Carmack Barnes Hall. The campus is working with the city of Oil City to secure a list of approved landlords to rent to campus students who want to attend campus programs but live outside of commuting distance. The campus continues to expand its offerings of programs that prepare students for high demand fields attracting students from Pittsburgh, Erie, Ohio and New York.

Venango College of Clarion University, located in Oil City, is the oldest regional campus in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The college provides high-quality educational programs and personalized services to help students succeed. Students can begin any of Clarion University's 90-plus bachelor's degrees at Venango College, earn an associate degree, a bachelor's or master's degree in select areas, obtain a one-year certificate or participate in a variety of professional development and personal enrichment courses. The college is home to Clarion University's School of Nursing and Allied Health, and School of Humanities, Sciences and Technology. Venango College of Clarion University is committed to serving the needs of the community.
10/16/2012 9:00 AM

Benefits of living-learning communities at Venango College fill apartments