The Writing Center is dedicated to helping Mt. SAC students across the curriculum improve their writing and critical thinking skills. We believe that our role is not to "fix" students' writing or guarantee a particular grade but to guide them through a process of growth and development as writers. We believe that every writer needs a non-evaluating reader and that one-on-one, collaborative instruction is highly effective in meeting the unique challenges academic writing poses. We further believe that writing is at the core of critical thinking—indeed, knowledge in all disciplines is developed and verified through writing—and that the Center has a key supporting role to play in empowering students to construct knowledge both on campus and in the community at large. In this effort, we see the Writing Center as collaborating with faculty and support staff at Mt.SAC to help students develop the foundational skills that make such academic success and lifelong learning possible.