Victoria College tutor training is recertified

Betty East

Victoria College has recently been recertified for another five years by the College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) on its tutor training.

“The CRLA certifies institutions who meet defined criteria in the field of tutor training, and we, in turn, certify tutors who complete the training requirements,” said Betty East, Victoria College tutoring coordinator. “VC uses the first two levels of the three-level system. Tutors have to have at least 10 hours of training and 25 hours of on-the-job work with students, and, for Level I, they must create a student-friendly handout that they and other tutors can use when tutoring.”

East said Level II requires an additional 10 hours of training, 25 hours of tutoring, and a professional development component that requires tutors to lead a session or workshop that they have prepared themselves.

“As of this date, we have issued an impressive 173 tutor certificates, with most tutors earning both Level I and Level II, an indication of the commitment of the tutors to provide the best services for our students,” East said. She also credits Paul Janda, the Title V assistant tutor coordinator, for his work in training and certifying the tutors at VC’s Calhoun County and Gonzales County Centers.

She said tutors can carry this certification to other institutions if applying for a tutoring position, and it is “wonderful on scholarship or entrance applications.”

The CRLA training manual provides a set of defined topics to cover at each level, combined with Victoria College specific training, including faculty and staff presentations on topics related to discipline-specific changes. The training becomes a mixture of active learning through role play, team building, and tutor sharing.  

CRLA is a group of student-oriented professionals active in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college/adult level. CRLA’s purpose is to provide a forum for the interchange of ideas, methods, and information to improve student learning and to facilitate the professional growth of its members.

Its mission is to provide college professionals with an open forum to discover and exchange the leading tools and techniques to enhance student academic success.

VC began its association with CRLA in 2004 and has maintained its good standing through the initial phases of the application process. The new recertification will carry VC through 2018, ensuring quality tutoring services for its students well into the future.

Published: Thursday, 27 June 2013

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