Nearly 90 Farmington area students are waiting for literacy mentors, and the Oakland Literacy Council just made volunteering easier.
The Council provides free one-on-one tutoring for adults seeking better job skills, a high school credential, citizenship, or to help their child become successful learners. Trained volunteer tutors meet with students for two hours each week in local libraries, coffee shops, and other public buildings throughout Oakland County.
Training now includes an online learning course that reduces the time spent on initial training.
According to Lisa Machesky, Executive Director of the Oakland Literacy Council, “The time volunteers had to take out of their busy schedule was one of the biggest barriers we had to recruiting new tutors. Now with the e-learning course tutors only have to be on site for six hours of training before meeting their student. We are hoping that more working adults will be able to become tutors.”
This professional course was developed specifically for the Oakland Literacy Council by Oakland County resident Joan Allesee, a former tutor, tutor trainer, and instructional designer. Being a tutor herself, she saw how online, interactive learning could attract and educate new tutors by presenting great content in a new and engaging way. It is self-paced, low-cost, and presented in a format that increases retention and is in alignment with how businesses and educators are using technology in learning.
“This is a ground-breaking piece of technology,” said Allesee, “that will enhance the organization’s ability to recruit tutors. I am so happy that I was able to pitch in a little more to help the OLC continue its wonderful mission in Oakland County.”
To find out how to become a tutor, visit oaklandliteracy.com and click on “Become a Tutor”.