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Community-Based Learning

The mission of Community-Based Learning at Inver Hills is to involve students and faculty in a methodology that blends academic learning with community service to encourage civic engagement, enhance the educational process and build community through active involvement.

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Emily Johnson
Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning


Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning

College Center, 2nd Floor

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America Reads and America Counts

The America Reads and America Counts Challenge Acts were passed by President Bill Clinton in 1997. The goal of the acts were to increase reading and math skills in gradeschoolers. Reading and math skills begin at a very early age, and it’s up to a student’s teacher, parents, and other adults in their lives to help them excel in these abilities. Unfortunately, not every child gets the amount of attention they need and deserve when it comes to their reading and math skills.

That's where you come in

Local schools are looking for students just like you to work as a reading tutor for grades K-5 or a math tutor for grades K-8. You don’t have to be an English major, a Math major, or an Education major - you just have to like working with kids and giving back to your community.


There are many benefits to tutoring in the America Reads and America Counts programs, including:

  • Getting paid to have fun with kids - $10/hr
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Earn a nationally recognized certification as a CRLA tutor
  • Network contacts
  • Valuable work experience
  • Making a positive difference in your community
  • Fulfill community-based learning requirements
  • Discover potential career paths

Students of all majors can benefit from giving back to their community. America Reads and America Counts are also great opportunities for students who are undecided on a major to gain exposure to a fun and exciting career path!


Students accepted into the America Reads program are expected to:

  • Complete tutor training
  • Tutor at least once per week (maximum is 20 hours/week).
  • Committ to the full academic year
  • Attend monthly staff meetings on campus
  • Uphold Inver Hills Community College, school district, local, state, and federal laws, policies, and practices.

View the full job description here.


Eligible students:

  • Have been awarded work study funds through FAFSA (we can check your eligibility if you're not sure).
  • Are currently enrolled in at least six credits at Inver Hills Community College.

Any student, regardless of major, can participate in America Reads as long as they fulfill the above requirements. In addition, the America Reads program fulfills requirements for community-based learning courses as long as they are taken during the semester(s) of service.

Note: Students considering tutoring math above grade 5 must feel confident in algebra skills.


The checklist below can serve as a guide for the process. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call or e-mail the Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning at 651-450-3683 or careerdevelopment@inverhills.edu.

Step 1: Apply

The application deadline for the Fall 2018 semester is September 14, 2018.

  • Complete the America Reads Application
  • Determine if you are work-study eligible through financial aid (we can help you with this if you're unsure)

After we have received your application and have determined that you are eligible for work-study funds through financial aid, we will contact you to set up an interview.

Step 2: Prepare

  • Complete tax and payroll forms through Financial Aid for work study job.
  • Complete training and orientation. There are two opportunities to attend: Wednesday, September 26 from 4:30 – 6 p.m. or Friday, September 28 from 12 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Complete the background check process through the school district.

Step 3: Tutor

We will work with you and your preferred school district to coordinate your placement and tutoring schedule.

We have partnerships at the following schools:
Inver Grove Heights elementary schools (ISD 199)
Garlough Environmental Magnet school (West St Paul)
Burnsville/Savage/Eagan after school programs
East Side Learning Center (St Paul)

We can also work with you to set up a placement at a school that's convenient for you.

Questions? Contact Shannon Williams at swilliams@inverhills.edu or 651-450-3244.

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