The Venango College Writing Center exists to help students of the college pursue their educational goals and develop into better writers and lifelong learners.
The Writing Center offers free tutoring services for the students of Venango College.
While the Writing Center is not a proofreading service, we will help you with writing for any class by offering one-to-one tutoring sessions. Qualified peer tutors can offer help with:
drafting / composing
revision / rewriting
documentation – MLA, APA, etc.
editing / grammar
We welcome walk-ins during our scheduled hours. Or, call the Writing Center to make an appointment during our regular hours of operation. Tutoring sessions generally last from 15-30 minutes.
For more information, find us on Facebook. Search “The Venango College Writing Center.”
The Venango College Writing Center is located in 318 Montgomery Hall.
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday – Thursday
Hours will vary by semester, so please call 814-676-6591, Extension 1341 for the most updated information.
Dr. Renae R. Applegate House, Writing Center Coordinator
Renae R. Applegate House is an assistant professor of English and a wannabe R&B back-up singer. She resides in Grove City where she shares a rustic dwelling (a home she has lovingly deemed “The Ponderosa”) with her two rambunctious kids, her quirky parents and her pet turtle named Paws. She enjoys coffee (and other highly caffeinated beverages), good books and good conversation. Though teaching and being a mom take up most of her time, she continues to dabble with prose and vows to someday publish a novel of her own. She is obsessed with Dystopian literature, film and television, and it wouldn’t be uncommon to find her discussing the latest episode of “The Walking Dead” on a Monday morning. House directs and coordinates the Venango College Writing Center. She plans to tutor regularly in the Writing Center as part of the Center’s on-going Peer Tutor Training.
Hannah Beatty, Peer Tutor
Hannah Beatty is writing this blurb and finds it a bit weird that she’s writing about herself like it’s the beginning of one of those long, sad novels that details the life of an individual who is trying really hard to sound interesting. There she is, sitting at the computer, thinking about how she really shouldn’t mention her love of cheese and her constant need for some sort of adventure involving it (the cheese) whether it be in fantasyland or real life because terrifying journeys need that sort of stuff to lighten the mood a bit. She is a weird cave dweller who really likes books and stuff, will karate chop you if say that equal rights are unnecessary (or will just start singing parodies really loudly in your ear), who writes stories about her Chihuahua (and tacos and talking cats), who loves Pirates of the Caribbean, and who is revealing way too much about herself right now! She’s not one of those outlaw cowboys who sings songs around campfires and strives to do better. Okay, one of those is actually true.
Lexi Best, Peer Tutor
Lexi Best is a fourth year Liberal Studies major, concentrating in English and working toward a minor in Business Administration. In addition to being a full-time student, Best also works part-time as a teller at a nearby Credit Union and as a sales associate at Dunham’s. Aside from school and work, she is a cheerleader at Clarion University and an assistant coach to her older sister at her hometown high school. She resides with her mom, dad, two puppies and three cats.
Sara Bell, Peer Tutor
Sara Bell is a first year elementary education major who is also looking into a minor in communications. She is from right here in Oil City, currently living at home with her parents and three dogs. Aside from writing and reading, her other hobbies include Tae Kwon Do and band. She performs with the Silver Cornet Band in the summer as a clarinet and alto saxophone player. Her future goal in life, along with getting her black belt and wanting to be the best musician she can be is to become a Pokémon master.
Jaren Ananea, Peer Tutor
Jaren Ananea is a second year Medical Imaging Sciences major. He grew up in Brookville, PA and lives in Oil City during the academic year. During the summers, Jaren offers private swim lessons and works as a lifeguard at the Walter Dick Memorial Park. While Jaren thrives in the math and science world, he values the opportunity to help others with their writing skills. Jaren occupies his free time by listening to music, playing video games, and spending time with friends.
Ashleigh Eggers, Peer Tutor
Ashleigh Eggers is in her second year at Venango College; she is studying for her ASN (associates degree in Nursing). She is on the Dean's List and has 3.9 GPA. She is very involved in her church and many outside activities. She's also a part of Phi Theta Kappa and holds an officer position in the honor society. She's very caring and compassionate and takes the time to help others and let others help her.