Reading Writing Center

Reading Writing Center

Welcome to the Reading and Writing Center, a facility open to students who want to improve their reading and/or writing skills.

Location: LRC-203
Phone: (916) 691-7123 or 691-7037

Instructional Assistants: Rose Spisak and Lashauna Smedley

RWC Faculty Advisor:  weinshd (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu (Professor David Weinshilboum)

Hours of Operation:

During Week 1 (January 17-20) the RWC will be open for orientations only, Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and Friday from 9:00am to 2:00pm.  Beginning with Week 2, the lab hours will be  


9:00am to 7:00pm


9:00am to 7:00pm


9:00am to 7:00pm


9:00am to 7:00pm


9:00am to 2:00pm

Please note: The Reading and Writing will be closed during Spring Break.

The Reading and Writing Center (RWC) provides help with reading and/or writing assignments for any class. The RWC staff do not offer proofreading/editing services. Rather, their purpose is to help students help themselves learn to read more effectively and develop/present ideas coherently in essays and other types of writing.

Changes in the enrollment structure of the RWC:

Through Spring 2013 students wishing to use the RWC were required to enroll in the class called ENGLB 70 and could re-enroll until they completed a total of six units.  Beginning with Fall 2013, students could no longer re-enroll in ENGLB 70.  Instead, students must register for one of the following classes one semester at a time:

ENGLB 70          ENGLB 75

ENGLB 72          ENGLB 76

ENGLB 73          ENGLB 77

                            ENGLB 78

Each class may be taken for .5 or 1.0 unit.  The focus of ENGLB 70 through 73 is improving writing skills whereas the focus of ENGLB 75 through 78 is improving reading skills.

Who can use the RWC:
Students enrolled at CRC may register to use the RWC, whether or not they are taking an English class. However, in order to use the RWC, enrollment in one of the ENGLB classes is required.

Attendance requirement:
Students may receive college credit for their work in the center by registering for

  • .5 unit (22.5 hours attendance required) or
  • 1.0 unit (45 hours attendance required).

An ENGLB class is graded on a Credit/No Credit basis, and no lectures are given.  In ENGLB 70-73 students supply their own work; in ENGLB 75-78 students are required to complete a number of reading modules in addition to bringing in their own work.

Registration information:
Students can register for an ENGLB class online or in the Admissions Office. Students may register any time during the first several weeks of the semester (spring registration deadline = March 17).

Please view the FAQ page for more information regarding ENGLB registration.

RWC Orientation:
Students in the ENGLB classes work through an orientation process to familiarize themselves with the operation of the RWC. This process consists of learning the lab rules and passing the appropriate quizzes at the beginning of the semester. The orientation material for the first and second semesters is available below for review at any time. Once the semester begins, students may take the corresponding quizzes in Desire2Learn.

First-semester presentations (audio available but not required)

Introduction to the RWC
Getting Help in the RWC
Using the RWC Computers
On the Clock
Making the Most of Your Time

To view these presentations, you need Shockwave.

Second-semester presentation (audio not available at this time)

Welcome Back!