South Suburban College seeking volunteer tutors and participants

Adult Volunteer Literacy Program trains tutors to teach literacy

information provided by South Suburban College

SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (May 9, 2018) – South Suburban College is seeking tutors and participants for the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program. The program is structured to train volunteers to become one-on-one tutors for adults in need of basic literacy skills. Basic literacy involves the development of phonetic reading skills combined with communication skills.

New tutor training sessions will take place at the Main Campus in South Holland on May 22 and 24 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm, and on May 29 and 31 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm. The tutor training culminates with literacy training certification. Online training is available as well.

Once certified, the tutors will visit their adult learners at locations in or near their neighborhoods. Tutoring sites have already been established at the following locations:

    Acorn Public Library, Oak Forest
    Calumet City Public Library
    Dolton Public Library
    Glenwood-Lynwood Library
    Grande Prairie Library, Hazel Crest
    Harvey Public Library
    Homewood Public Library
    Lansing Public Library
    Markham Public Library
    Midlothian Public Library
    Oak Forest Center Library, Oak Forest
    Phoenix Library
    Riverdale Public Library
    South Holland Public Library
    South Suburban College Library, Main Campus

Tutoring is scheduled by the availability of the tutors and the learners, and the availability of space and hours of the tutoring sites. 



Illiteracy is an issue that can be debilitating. Adults who are unable to read have a more difficult time with many daily activities that others take for granted, along with a clear disadvantage in today’s competitive job market. SSC’s Office of Adult Education administers the Adult Volunteer Literacy Tutoring Program in addition to High School Equivalency (HSE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Adult Basic Education (ABE).



Tutors will receive free professional development services throughout this program. Successful tutors are also eligible for letters of support or recommendation for jobs, scholarships, educational opportunities, and more. These opportunities are made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using state funds designated for literacy.

To register for the upcoming volunteer tutor training class, or if you know someone who could benefit from tutoring services, contact Raylynn Stokes, Literacy Coach of the Adult Volunteer Literacy Program:

South Suburban College is located at 15800 S. State Street, South Holland, Illinois.

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