CSUB’s NSME Student Advising and Success Center Set for September Grand Opening

The School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Engineering (NSME) at California State University, Bakersfield is pleased to announce the grand opening of the Student Advising and Success Center (SASC) Building on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. The facility will remain open for tours until 2 p.m.

The new building, located on the south side of campus in the Engineering Complex, will provide a space for NSME student support professionals to be housed together, creating a seamless advising experience for NSME students, staff, and faculty. There will be seven student assistants available to help keep the building open until 9 p.m. during most weeknights and on Saturdays. It will also be the home base for 13 peer mentors to lead first-time freshmen students in the Pathway’s Community Program.

Services available in the Student Advising and Success Center include individual advising, group advising and transfer advising. The center includes a study room with equipment that allows students to be comfortable and work. The center also will offer outside tables and lights bright enough to study when it is dark out. The center expects to receive more than 5,000 student visits annually.

Construction was funded by a Department of Education Title III grant obtained in 2016. In addition to the building, the grant is funding a multi-faceted support program for incoming students in the Pathway’s Community Program. Supports for Pathway’s Community students include cohort-based class schedules, new lab equipment for high-impact classroom practices, a peer mentoring program, free book loans, and laptop rentals.

Through the life of the grant, more than 500 students are expected to participate in the Pathway’s Community Program.

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