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Center for Career Development and Community-Based Learning

You don't have to wait until you graduate to put your knowledge to work. Through Community-based learning, you can collaborate with local high schools, conduct research with community partners and solve operations issues for organizations.

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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.

Why Tutor?

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

  • Getting paid to have fun with kids - $12/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!

What Is Expected Of Me As A Tutor?

Students accepted into the America Reads and Counts program are expected to:

  • Complete tutor training
  • Tutor at least once per week
  • Commit to the full semester (the whole academic year is preferred)
  • 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.

Am I Eligible?

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.
  • Will consent to a background check and fingerprinting due to working with minors.
  • Can provide their own transportation (travel time is paid).
  • Will commit to tutoring for a full semester.

Any student, regardless of major, can participate in America Reads and Counts as long as they fulfill the above requirements.

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

How Do I Become A Tutor?

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

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year; apply any time!

  • 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.
  • Complete the background check process through the tutoring location.

Step 3: Tutor

Our tutoring locations are established programs with our community partners in St Paul and West St Paul:

Reading Partners
Various shifts/Daytime Monday through Thursday.
One-on-one reading tutoring with students at Benjamin E. Mays Magnet School (St Paul), Maxfield Elementary School (St Paul) and Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Elementary School (St Paul).

Boys and Girls Club Twin Cities
Assist Boys and Girls Club staff with STARS program (reading for 5-9 year olds) after school. For locations, visit https://boysandgirls.org/who-we-are/club-locations/

East Side Learning Center
Various shifts/Daytime Monday through Thursday.
One-on-one reading tutoring with kids in grades K-3. To see current schools and tutoring times, visit eastsidelearningcenter.org/who-we-are/our-locations

CommonBond Communities, Torre de San Miguel Homes
Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 3:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
This community is located in West St Paul. Their after school program, Study Buddies, will match you with a student to help with reading and math. Tailored curriculum and activities are provided, as well as tutor trainings and on-site staff support.

Do you have your own placement idea at a school not listed here?
There is an opportunity to set up your own placement or to tutor at an Inver Grove Heights elementary school, although these placements will not be as structured and will require more confidence and initiative in working with children.

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

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