SCC Press Release

Free SCC Adult Literacy Program Seeks Students, Tutors

SCC will hold a training workshop for volunteer literacy tutors on Tuesday, May 24 at the SCC Fort Madison Center from 9:30am-2:00pm.

SCC’s Volunteer Tutor Coordinator Paula Faulkner explains that low literacy contributes to an overall lower quality of life. “One in five Americans cannot read well enough to complete a job application or apply for a driver's license.”

To help address this ongoing need, Southeastern Community College offers a free adult literacy program.  Thanks to volunteer tutors, adults with low reading skills can get the help they need to overcome this challenge.

Faulkner says that once a student signs up, they are paired with a trained volunteer tutor and then given the materials they need at no cost to the student. The student and tutor meet once a week until the student completes the lessons. They work together at the student’s own pace.

All materials for the program are purchased with private donations and grants from Dollar General and Walmart.

Faulkner encourages all adults who cannot read or who read at a low level to call her at (866) 722-4692, extension 5306. 

Faulkner adds that SCC is always looking for volunteer tutors to participate in the program.

“Our tutors really have the opportunity to make a huge impact in someone’s life. If you like to read and are patient and understanding, you could be a tutor.”

Volunteer tutors complete a one-day training workshop at SCC. They are provided with tutor-friendly, step-by-step materials that lead them through the tutoring process. Literacy tutors do not need to have special teacher certification.

The next tutor workshop will take place on May 24 at SCC Fort Madison Center, 1602 Avenue F from 9:30-2:00. 

Persons interested in attending the workshop should pre-register with Paula Faulkner at (866) 722-4692, extension 5306, or call the SCC Fort Madison Center at (319) 376-2286 by Saturday, May 21.

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