SSC in Need of Literacy Volunteers
Deborah Bayliss | 3/11/2015, 4:41 p.m.
Looking for a worth-while way to spend your free time? If so, keep in mind that South Suburban College (SSC) is in need of volunteer tutors for its Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program.
The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy capabilities including phonetic reading skills and communication skills.
SSC encourage residents to take this opportunity to volunteer as a tutor or encourage someone you know to take advantage of the free program.
Illiteracy can be a debilitating issue in so many ways for adults who never received the proper instruction.
Adults who are unable to read have a much more difficult time with many daily activities that others may take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market.
SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).
New tutor training sessions are scheduled to take place on SCC’s Main Campus, 15800 S. State St., South Holland, from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 24 to April 9, in Room 1243c.
An 18-hour program, tutor training culminates with literacy training certification. Once certified, tutors will go out to visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods.
Tutoring sites have already established at the following locations: Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest; Calumet City Public Library; 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; Markham Public Library and Midlothian Public Library. Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites.
Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout the program.
Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.
If you would like to register for the volunteer tutor training class please register by March 23 or if you know someone who would benefit from tutoring services, please contact LaKisha Hillard, Coordinator of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program, at (708) 596-2000, ext. 2558, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.