Osceola Building 4 Spotlight: The Depot

A message from Dr. Kathleen Plinske, Campus President, Osceola and Lake Nona

It began in a classroom. A single classroom was repurposed to support students in developmental mathematics in October of 2008. It was staffed by an instructor and a couple of lab assistants during short periods of time throughout the day, and dubbed “The Math Depot.” Today, “The Depot” encompasses all math and science tutoring, as well as lab support for students in developmental mathematics.

The new space in The Depot (4-121) is equipped with opportunities for students to capitalize on their ability to learn. These opportunities are represented via 12 tutoring pods (or “tutoring dojos” as we’ve affectionately begun to refer to them), where students can find tutors skilled in all levels of mathematics and science. Students in developmental mathematics have a dedicated lab area in the back of the room with 48 computers, staffed with instructors and tutors. Laptops will soon be available for checkout to accommodate the rest of the room.

In addition to the dedicated tutoring and lab spaces, students have access to comfortable couches and nine group study rooms. The rooms are equipped with a dry erase board and flat-panel display with connection for a laptop. These spaces allow students to work independently or in a group, and ask for assistance when necessary. The study rooms are available for checkout via the front desk by students, faculty, or staff during all hours of operation (8:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Mon-Thu; 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fri; 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Sat). Bookings can be made in two-hour increments and reservations can be made up to a week in advance.

The Depot is a place abuzz with discovery. The artwork, created by Valencia students, is designed to inspire by providing examples of pioneers in their field (past and present) interspersed with facts that students can immediately apply during a tutoring or study session. But perhaps the most inspiring element in The Depot is one that existed long before the new space was built: its people. Students can now find a variety of individuals with whom they have made lasting connections all in a single location.

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