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Volunteer Literacy Tutor Job Description

To help adults 16 years of age or older to improve reading, writing, math, and English skills.

Desired Qualifications

  • Good reading and writing skills
  • Able to interact positively with a diverse population
  • Patient, flexible, and friendly, good sense of humor
  • Desire to profoundly change a person's life

Teach, support and encourage the adult learner by:

  • Helping them develop confidence and a positive attitude about learning
  • Treating them with respect and involving them in decisions relating to learning and goals
  • Selecting materials and learning styles appropriate to the learner's ability
  • Praising the learner's strengths and accomplishments
  • Meeting regularly and on time
  • Being prepared with a lesson designed to meet the needs of the learner
  • Keep accurate and up-to-date records of your learner's progress
  • Completing reports as requested by SCC program staff
  • Notifying program staff of any change in tutoring status, schedules, location and data

Required Training

  • Successful Completion of Literacy Orientation and Tutor Training (12-15 hours).
  • Tutor Session Location: This will be determined by the tutor/learner with the help of SCC Program staff.
  • Time Commitment: A minimum of 2 to 4 hours a week, (more if you desire to do so), with flexibility to cancel or reschedule due to other commitments.


  • Non-threatening environment to develop teaching and leadership skills
  • Chance to meet like-minded people who love to read
  • The opportunity to help change a life forever

To learn more about becoming a Shawnee Community College Literacy Volunteer Tutor, call Kyle Echols at 1-800-481-2242, 618-634-3222 or email

For More Information Contact:
Ginger McBride- Alternative High School Coordinator
at 618-634-3419 or e-mail

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