Free learning opportunities are available and volunteer tutors are needed – The Southland Journal


Adult Literacy at South Suburban College: Free Learning Opportunities Available and Volunteer Tutors Needed (South Holland, IL) – Illiteracy is a problem that can be debilitating in many ways for adults who have never received the proper education. Adults who cannot read find it much harder to perform many daily activities that others may take for granted, and are at a distinct disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. South Suburban College is currently seeking tutors and participants for the Volunteer Adult Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults who need to learn basic literacy skills. Basic literacy instruction includes the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills. SSC encourages residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.

New tutor training sessions will take place at the main campus in South Holland on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 3rd until May 19and and from June 7and until June 23rd 4:00-5:30 p.m. Tutor Training is a 12-hour program that culminates in literacy certification. Online training is also offered. Tutors will continue to receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, etc.

Once certified, SSC’s volunteer literacy tutors visit their adult learners at locations within or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Glenwood-Lynwood Library; Harvey Public Library; Phoenix Public Library; Public library of the city of Calumet; Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest; Homewood Public Library; South Holland Public Library; South Suburban College Library, Main Campus; Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest; Lansing Public Library; Dolton Public Library; Riverdale Public Library; Blue Island Public Library; Dixmoor Public Library; Tinley Park Public Library; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is flexibly scheduled based on the availability of tutors, learners and tutoring sites.

SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the volunteer adult literacy tutoring program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL) and Education Basic Adult (ABE). These opportunities are made possible through a grant from the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, using public literacy funds.

For more information or to register, please contact David Stephens, Director of Adult Literacy Grants, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email [email protected]

Adult Literacy at South Suburban College: Free learning opportunities are available and volunteer tutors are needed

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