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Writing Center

Learning Assistance Writing Center of Catawba Valley Community College. Need help with writing? This service is available to all CVCC curriculum students at no charge.

Female at a computer receiving help from a tutorDo you need help with a writing assignment?

Learning Skills Specialists are available in the Writing Center located in CAD 234 (behind the circulation desk of the library/Learning Resource Center) to assist students with sentence structure, paragraph development, grammar problems, and organization. Computers are available for student use for composing or correcting papers. The resources for research are conveniently located nearby, and the environment is friendly and inviting.

Stop by the Writing Center in room 234 in the Cuyler A. Dunbar building:

Writing Center Hours - Summer 2017
Day Time
Monday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday - Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


» Schedule of Writing Center Learning Skills Specialists

Students who are unable to visit the Writing Center during operating hours may submit papers online through the ValleyCAT E-Help service.This service is available to all CVCC curriculum students at no charge.

E-Help (Online Writing Assistance)

E-Help is an online writing assistance program that allows students to submit written assignments for review by an online tutor. Student submissions will be evaluated and returned within 36 hours, Monday-Friday. All written submissions by students must be accompanied by a Help Request Form describing the assignment.

» Help Request Form

This online writing assistance initiative has been extended to all current students enrolled in courses offered by CVCC through the ValleyCAT portal. Students will be able to submit first draft papers, as well as revisions, to an e-tutor for comments on grammar, sentence structure, usage, and organization. The e-help writing assistance program is not intended as an editing service. Students will be able to receive feedback about writing concerns that will help them to improve their personal writing skills. Typically, e-tutors are available Monday-Friday to review papers. Students should allow more than 36 hours for a response to papers submitted on weekends. For the best level of response by the e-tutor, all essential information related to the writing assignment should be included in the Help Request Form. Students submitting papers with an excessive number of errors may be referred to the Writing Center.


Writing Center Learning Skills Specialists

Jerry Sain, writing center coordinatorJerry Sain is the Writing Center Coordinator. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his Master's degree in Higher Education from Appalachian State University. Jerry has taught English in the public schools of North Carolina and also has experience in business. Jerry works with CVCC students in the Writing Center, helping to develop grammar, composition, and organization skills for essays and research papers.
CAD 234 (Writing Center)
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4562


Charlene Carpenter, writing centerCharlene Carpenter is a part-time Learning Skills Specialist who works in the Writing Center. She has a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Charlene worked as a professional writer and account executive for a public relations firm for 18 years. She worked as a newspaper editor and reporter for newspapers in North and South Carolina. Charlene also does freelance writing for newspapers. In the Writing Center, she assists students in developing grammar, composition, and organizational skills for essays and research papers.
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4562 (Writing Center)


Jim Stinson, writing centerJames "Jim" Stinson is a part-time Learning Skills Specialist who works in our Writing Center. Jim provides tutorial help for students in English and Reading. Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Michigan State University. He also received an AAS degree in Electronics Engineering from Catawba Valley Community College.
(828) 327-7000, ext. 4562 (Writing Center)


External Resources

» Academic Writing Guide for College Students