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Stone Writing Center
4th Floor, White Library

Del Mar College
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404

Summer Hours of Operation:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
10 a.m. - 3 p.m.




History by the Decade

Stone Writing Center Celebrates 25 Years

The 70s
In 1976, the concept of a writing center began in one room of the English Building. This resource soon expanded to include a second room, more staff, and text and audio-visual materials, formally becoming The English Learning Center (ELC). This center fulfilled the late Dr. Virginia Stone's dream that Del Mar College provide a place and the staff for students to get one-on-one instruction, supplemental to the classroom, in English skills. For the remainder of the 1970s, development of self-paced, diagnostic, and tutorial instruction was initiated in the ELC.

The 80s
Throughout the 1980s, the ELC's reputation as an innovative educational facility continued. Because of increased demand for services, the ELC moved into the English Annex building, which was renamed the English Learning Center. It then housed the Stone English Learning Lab. Emphasis was on hiring professional tutors, purchasing computers-TRS80s-for computer-assisted instruction, and expanding the focus to include all aspects of the writing process. In addition, the ELC became a community center as well as a community college center, offering workshops to public school teachers, community organizations, and business groups.

The 90s
The 1990s were characterized by a focus on technology and diversification of services. The ELC began teaching newly-required One-Hour Labs for English courses. This resulted in upgrading of computers and infusion of internet technology in the lab curriculum. Alternative delivery methods, such as virtual labs and a comprehensive website, were also created. The ELC also began serving as a distance learning testing center for the College and offering tutoring services to all academic disciplines, not just English. These changes ultimately instigated a shift in name from the ELC to the Writing Center to better reflect its broader services.

The 00s
Currently, in the 2000s, the Writing Center continues to build upon the milestones from its past, while paving the way for future innovations. What began primarily as a pencil-and-paper, grammar-based, drill-and-practice, self-paced resource has evolved over a quarter of a century into a more technological, professional, and instructional center. Yet, it has never lost sight of its original help students become better writers.