Academic Support Services


The ACCESS Program (Academic Center for Career Exploration and Student Success), located on the main floor of Smith Center, provides the following services to help all students achieve academic success:

  • group study sessions for selected challenging courses.
  • accommodations for students with special needs. Professional documentation may be required to receive these services.
  • courses designed to improve study skills and to develop tools that are an integral part of lifelong learning—Basic Writing, College Reading Strategies, and Career Development.
  • quiet study atmosphere and staff to assist students with course work.
  • individual consultation with ACCESS staff for problem-solving, brainstorming and discussing strategies that will enhance academic success.
  • free peer tutoring services available for any student.
  • writing assistance for any stage of the writing process.
  • career advising for students still deciding on or changing their majors.

Mary Miller Library

As the information and learning center for Hesston College, Mary Miller Library supports the academic programs, students, faculty and staff by providing a variety of information resources and access to resources, by educating library patrons in the use and evaluation of the resources and by assisting library patrons with their information research needs. The library provides:

  1. appropriate and up-to-date information resources and access to resources which support all academic areas of the college.
  2. orientation in the use and evaluation of the information resources.
  3. individual research and reference assistance to students, faculty and staff in a courteous and caring fashion.
  4. library spaces and atmosphere which inspire study and learning and are comfortable and inviting.
  5. hours of service helpful to library patrons.
  6. leisure resources for library patrons.

Writing Fellows Program

Writing Fellows work with students in assigned courses on designated course assignments to facilitate drafting and revision processes. Fellows meet with professors to understand course writing assignments and relevant writing conventions, and then comment on students’ rough drafts and meet with students in individual conferences to discuss prepared feedback and guide revision. Fellows also assist students in the planning, drafting, editing and documenting stages of the writing process.

In preparation for Writing Fellow positions, students apply to participate in the required training course, Engl 215 Advanced College Writing. If invited, they enroll in and pay for the course. To be eligible to be a fellow, a student must complete the course with an A or B, and the course instructor must recommend him or her as a fellow. Professors confer with the Writing Fellow Program Coordinator to arrange for a course fellow, and the program coordinator assigns available fellows to appropriate courses.

Media and Instructional Technology Services

Hesston College Media and Instructional Technology Services (MITS) aids faculty in effectively using instructional technologies to support learning in and out of the classroom. The director of MITS manages Moodle, our learning management software, and provides audio visual equipment not currently installed in classrooms to assist students. These services and support are provided for both academic and non-academic areas of the campus community. MITS provides DVD copies of recorded Hesston College events for $5 each.


Lifelong Education and Development (LEAD) blends the campuses of Hesston College, Schowalter Villa retirement community, Hesston Wellness Center and Dyck Arboretum of the Plains. The Journey of Life Walkway connects these campuses. This allows for interdisciplinary education and provides a synergy of the resources of these organizations. Hesston College students are involved in a number of ways at the villa both with young children and elders. LEAD offers personal development opportunities presented by Schowalter Villa residents and/or Hesston College faculty members through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kansas.

Catalog 2014-15