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North Central's Learning Support Services (LSS) offers a wide array of services to help you achieve your academic goals. These include disability services, quiet study areas, tutoring services, test proctoring and materials to improve study skills.

Learning Support Services is located in suite 533 in the Student and Community Resource Center (SCRC).

Study Support

The Learning Lab (SCRC 535) is the home of the Math, Reading and Writing Labs as well as study spaces for students. It is a great space to work with groups or individually if you like background noise while studying. You can access charging stations, headphones, study materials, organization supplies and snacks.

Learning Support Services (SCRC 533) also offers quiet individualized study spaces, publications and support for learning and study skills. Publications are also available at each campus site. 

For personal study support questions, contact LSS at the main Petoskey campus to make an appointment with the Director: (231) 348-6682 or


North Central uses Starfish Student Success and Retention Software to provide students an efficient means of scheduling time with your instructor or advisor or connecting with one of the many free campus services like Campus Cupboard, career services, and tutoring. Please log in and check out your Starfish page through Brightspace or your Portal. Need Help with Starfish, connect with LSS or use these LibGuide tutorials.

Student Assistance

Student assistance is also available to any student who has formally enrolled in or declared an intent to enroll in an occupational certificate or occupational degree program at North Central and is qualified as one or more of the following:

  • Individuals with a disability
  • Individuals who are economically disadvantaged
  • Individuals preparing for nontraditional fields
  • Single parents
  • Individuals who are out of the workforce
  • Youth who are in or have aged out of the foster care system
  • English learners
  • Individuals who are homeless

Students who fit one of the above-listed descriptions qualify for scholarship funds, advocacy, career guidance, academic advising, personal counseling, tutoring, and special needs assistance.

Learning Technology & Digital Supports

Technology and Education

Technologies designed for users with disabilities are called Assistive Technologies. However, these technologies are powerful tools that help any user become a more efficient and effective learner. Many of these technologies are free and readily available. The AT Hive website from Ireland is an excellent resource about a range of assistive technologies.

Each area below has free (and some paid) resources to help you achieve your educational goals.

  • Apple Dictation (iOS), free,
    • System Preferences
  • (website), free use with google
  • Gboard (google keyboard), free
    • App
  • Google Docs Voice Typing (needs chrome browser), free
    • Setting on Gboard and in Docs
  • Windows 10 speech recognition (included in Windows software), free
    • Dictate feature (location changes depending on whether using a PC or Mac)

  • Natural Reader (free)
    • Sign up to use as a browser extension or copy text into the window on the web.
  • Panopreter Basic (free)
  • Speak (Microsoft word), free
    • Immersive Reader/Read Aloud (location and name changes depending on computer)
  • Zabaware (Text-to-Speech Reader), free

  • SimpleMind (Apple and Android), free or paid
    • Helps with planning and organizing ideas for writing
  • Easybib (website), free
    • For help learning to cite resources
  • Grammarly (free or paid versions)
    • Grammar checks and recommended fixes
    • Works in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Google Docs

  • - app or on the web
    • First 600 minutes free/month. Max of 40 minutes/conversation.
    • Digitally records and transcribe lectures to help with note-taking
    • Search and playback recordings, highlight and add notes.
    • Works in Zoom and other applications
  • ListNote Speech-to-text notes (Android app), free

  • Pomodoro Timer (Free for Windows or Mac)
    • Tool to use with the Pomodoro Technique
  • Focus Keeper (Free iOS App for iPad or iPhone)
    • Another Pomodoro Technique tool

  • GoConqr (free website/app)
    • Create study tools
    • Share with friends or keep it private

General Inquiries:
Diane Brazier, Learning Support Services Assistant

Questions? We can help!

Diane Brazier
LSS Assistant

Stacey Burns
Women’s Resource Center College Liaison

For questions about testing and tutoring:

Amber Lewis
Tutor and Testing Coordinator

Scholarship Resources for Students with Disabilities


Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan

Advocacy and Support

The Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan (WRCNM) program provides comprehensive educational support, job search assistance, financial scholarships (tuition, text, and childcare), community connections, advocacy, and referrals. WRCNM advocates on behalf of students to assist in overcoming barriers and moving forward. Personal counseling is also available by appointment.  To contact the WRCNM representative on campus, Stacey Burns, call 231-348-6699 or To contact WRCNM's 24-hour help and information line, call 1-800-275-1995.

Visit WRCNM's Website