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Project READ Program Reactivated after Hiatus

Free tutoring in reading, arithmetic, or English as a second language to adult learners now available

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Parkland College’s Adult Education Program has reopened its adult literacy tutoring program to the public after a two-year hiatus, thanks to renewed state support.
Residents can sign up to take part in free Project READ tutoring sessions by calling Adult Education at 217/353-2662 by visiting Room E108 at the main campus.

Project READ provides tutoring in reading, arithmetic, or English as a second language to adult learners (at least age 17 and officially withdrawn from high school) who meet certain grade-level requirements or assessment scores. Project READ Director Amanda Harris further described the typical participant and what they can expect from the program.

"Our audience is those adult learners who became disengaged from traditional learning environments at some point in their lives," Harris said. "For whatever the reason, when an adult learner comes to Project READ, they are choosing to become reengaged in a learning process that may prove difficult to them thanks to the passage of time, disuse of past learned skills, and/or due to a special learning need."
The adult volunteers who provide tutoring have received at least 15 hours of training based on guidelines provided by the Illinois State Library Literacy Office. Tutoring may occur on a one-to-one basis in a variety of public venues throughout Parkland College District 505 or in a classroom setting at Parkland College Adult Education (Champaign), Urbana Adult Education, or the Regional Office of Education (Rantoul).
"Our tutors are trained as guides in a learner-centered process, first helping the learner to identify short and long-term learning goals and then bringing to the table the materials and resources that can help the learner reach those goals," Harris said. "Even those who are incarcerated are able to work toward goals assisted by Project READ tutors.

"Our learners increase their skills and move toward their goals as they enroll in Adult Ed classes that they previously believed were too difficult for them, as they are invited to participate in Bridge programs, and as they assess out of eligibility for Project READ."
For more information, visit www.parkland.edu/projectread.

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