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IVCC offers I-READ volunteer training

OGLESBY — The I-READ Adult Literacy Program at Illinois Valley Community College will conduct free volunteer tutor training sessions in September.

Volunteers must have a desire to work with adult learners and be willing to tutor two to three hours each week, but volunteers do not need to have teaching experience. Fifteen hours of training is required for all volunteer tutors.

Training sessions will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24, in Room C-325 at IVCC’s main campus in Oglesby or from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, in Room 104 at the IVCC Ottawa Center. Visiting an Adult Education classroom is an additional training component.

After training, tutors are matched with learners age 17 or older who test below the ninth-grade level in reading or math or who need to improve their English language skills. Volunteers may choose to tutor in one-to-one sessions at a local library or in small-group or group sessions at an Adult Education classroom in the IVCC district.

Free online tutor training is another option for volunteers whose schedules do not allow them to participate in the fall training sessions. For information on the I-READ program, go to http://www.ivcc.edu/adulted.

To register for the training sessions, contact Angela Dunlap, program manager, at 815-224-0372 or Chris Warren, program specialist, at 815-224-0345.

The I-READ program is made possible by a grant awarded by the Illinois State Library, a division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds designated for literacy.

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