Hudson County Community College Academic Support Services Center Receives National Learning Center Award

October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019, Jersey City, NJ – The Hudson County Community College (HCCC) Abegail Douglas Johnson Academic Support Services Center has been recognized with the 2019 National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA) Frank L. Christ Outstanding Learning Center Award for 2-Year Institutions. The award was presented at the NCLCA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday, October 6, 2019.

Each year, the NCLCA recognizes just two learning assistance centers for excellence – one two-year college, and one four-year college or university. The award brings national attention to work done by learning centers in fostering their future growth and development. 

“This recognition is truly outstanding, and well deserved,” said HCCC President Dr. Chris Reber. “The Abegail Douglas Johnson Academic Support Services Center is vital to our students’ success, and the Frank L. Christ Award is a testimony to the dedication and hard work of our Academic Support Services staff.”


Kyle Woolley and Natalia Vazquez-Bodkin


Criteria for the award are based on best practices established by Frank Christ, the esteemed founder of the Winter Institutes for Learning Assistance Professionals and the Western Reading Association, now known as the College Reading and Learning Association. The criteria fall into nine areas: general (mission, administration); clientele (serving the entire campus community – students, faculty, administration, staff and alumni); programs and services (walk-in assistance plus workshops); technology; partnering; program evaluation (using qualitative and quantitative measures by an outside evaluator); publicity and public relations (to promote programs and offerings); staff training; and certification and recognition.

The HCCC Abegail Douglas Johnson Academic Support Services Center provides free tutoring in all subject areas on walk-in and scheduled bases. Individual and small-group sessions are conducted each day by trained tutors. Workshops help students prepare for exams, polish writing skills, and much more. In 2014, the Center was honored with the National Tutoring Association Excellence in Tutoring Award.

Dr. Reber congratulated and thanked HCCC Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Christopher Wahl; Associate Dean of Academic Development and Support Services, Pamela Bandyopadhyay; Head Tutor for Math, Science, & Business, Kyle Woolley; and North Hudson Head Tutor, Natalia Vazquez-Bodkin; and all of the Center’s tutors and staff members.

“This award is a great point of pride for the College, and our entire community,” Dr. Reber stated.