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Learning Center


Volunteer Tutor Program

How many students does the Learning Center serve?
Each year the Learning Center at WWCC serves over 500 students. Over 100 students achieve their GED each year.

Who are the students?
All of the academic students in this program are at least 16 years of age. They receive help in a variety of areas. Non-native students work on improving English language and communication skills. Other students are working toward their GED. Some students want to improve their reading, math, writing, or computer ability. At times, the program has requests from correction facilities to bring tutors on site.

What kind of training will I receive?
Depending on what your area of interest is, a variety of training and workshop experiences are available throughout the year to help you to tutor effectively. The Basic Reading Workshop and the ESOL Workshop are offered each year and cover a number of effective teaching techniques.

Where do I work with my student?
Some tutors choose to work at the Learning Center, while others choose to use the library, churches, and even the jail. The time and place are coordinated by the Tutor Coordinator to meet the needs of the tutor and the student.

What materials are used?
Many tutors like to use real life materials gathered from telephone books, magazines, and various other publications. The Learning Center also has a wide range of materials to meet the needs of most students and provides those materials at no cost.

What is the time commitment expected weekly?
We request that volunteer tutors spend at least 2 hours a week with their student if possible. Some students are unable to meet as often due to work schedules, etc. When this is the case, we try to work around their schedule, spending more time one-week and less the next.

How many students do I work with?
Many volunteers work with a single students, but some work with small groups.

What if I don’t get along with my student?
This seldom happens, but if it does, we will happily find that student another tutor and you another student.

How do I know if my student is making progress?
Testing is done by the Learning Center Staff after 50 hours of instruction. At that time you will be informed of the results. Also, goals are set and reset periodically by the tutor and their student. These initial goals are set throughout the year.

How many weeks will I work with the same student?
Some students are with us a short time and others are students for life. Each case is looked upon individually; however, the tutor always has the option to terminate the relationship if for any reason it is not working out.


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