East Central Area Literacy Council

The East Central Area Literacy Council in partnership with East Central College is seeking individuals interested in serving as tutors for adult education and English language acquisition classes offered in Rolla, St. James, Sullivan, Owensville, Pacific, Union, Washington, St. Clair, Cuba, and Wright City.

No special academic degrees are required to be a tutor.  East Central Area Literacy Council volunteer tutors must:

  1. Complete New Tutor Training at East Central Area Literacy Council (approximately 3 hours – training is free and is scheduled regularly).
  2. Be 18 years of age or older.
  3. Be willing to undergo a criminal background check through Missouri Automated Criminal History System Name Search at https://www.machs.mshp.dps.mo.gov/MACHSFP/home.html and National Sex Offender check at http://www.nsopw.gov/en-US.

“For the English Language Acquisition program we need to prepare tutors to work with adults who are learning and developing the language skills necessary for living and working in the community, stated Diane Crowder, literacy council board member and tutor trainer.  “Tutors will work one-on-one with individuals who either desire to acquire English language skills or prepare to take the test to earn citizenship.  ELA tutors need to be fluent in English and sensitive to cultural differences.”

“At this time we have 71 students enrolled in the English Language Acquisition classes we are offering in Rolla, Wright City and Union,” noted Alice Whalen, director of adult education and literacy at ECC.  “In order to accommodate more students we desperately need additional tutors.”

She stated that tutors are also needed for AEL classes held Monday and Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Cuba and AEL classes held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at ECC’s facility at 2303 North Bishop.

“Our volunteer tutors have the opportunity to work with adults on reading, math, writing or high school equivalency test preparation,” Whalen said. “Following their three hours of training and orientation, the volunteers are making a commitment of just a few hours a week to tutor someone.”

The next tutor training sessions are scheduled as follows:

Rolla, S&T Technology Center, 900 Innovation Dr., Room 403
Thursday, March 15, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Union, East Central College Training Center, 1964 Prairie Dell Rd., Conference Room B
Tuesday, March 27, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Wright City Church of the Nazarene, 521 N Service Rd, annex building (at back of parking lot)
Thursday, March 22, 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor with the East Central Area Literacy Council, please call Pam Kaiser at (636) 584-6915 or call (844) ECC-4AEL (844-322-4235).

You can complete the following form or send an email with the information to volunteer@ecaliteracy.org.

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