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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 Experiential Learning


Center for Experiential Learning

College Center, 2nd Floor

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What Are 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-3 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 to tutor kids
  • Personal and professional growth
  • Earn a nationally recognized certification as a CRLA tutor
  • Job skills
  • Resume boosters
  • Network contacts
  • Valuable work experience
  • Making a positive difference in your community
  • Fulfill community-based learning requirements
  • Discover potential career paths
  • Meet other students with similar interests
  • Stories to tell during job or college interviews

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).
  • Complete 2 reflections on their experience (see worksheet here) per semester.
  • Uphold Inver Hills Community College, ISD 199, local, state, and federal laws, policies, and practices.


Eligible students:

  • Have been awarded work study funds through FAFSA.
  • Are currently enrolled in courses 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.


Application is easy! 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 Experiential Learning at 651-450-3683 or cel@inverhills.edu.

Step 1: Apply

The application deadline for the Spring 2017 semester is MARCH 15, 2017.

After we have received your application and you have determined that you are eligible for work-study funds through financial aid, we will notify you within two weeks to move forward to the next steps.

Step 2: Prepare

  • Complete training
  • Complete orientation

Step 3: Tutor

Questions? Contact Emily Johnson at EJohnson@inverhills.edu or 651-450-3241.

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