Volunteer tutors wanted


Peggy Schneider

Diane Kreiser has a short commute from the IVCC accounting department to the adult education department, where she’s spent a gratifying six years as a tutor. There’s always someone she can help, she discovered.

If you want to help someone read better, improve their math or master English as a second language, IVCC has a role for you.

The I-READ Adult Literacy Program depends on volunteer tutors to help people improve their skills so they can earn their GEDs, get better jobs, become American citizens or simply improve their everyday life. The program holds tutor training sessions twice a year, and one’s coming up in June. Tutors are matched with learners in adult education classes on campus or meet individually with them at libraries throughout the college district.

Volunteers must complete 15 hours of training in working with adult learners, but the job takes no other special training. You don’t have to know teaching, but you have to be patient and flexible and willing to help. The program staff provides materials and advice.

Tutors should be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, be effective communicators, and live within the district. There’s a list of learners waiting to be paired with tutors in their area.

Tutors and students meet at least once a week for two hours. Tutors fill out monthly reports to the I-READ office located in the CTC Building.

Attendance at all four training sessions is required. Sessions will be Tuesday, June 2; Thursday, June 4; Tuesday, June 9, and Thursday, June 11, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day, in Room CTC-221.

For more information, contact program manager Angela Dunlap at 815-224-0372 or e-mail [email protected].