D-QU: New Tutoring Program for California Indians

Feb 15th, 1990 | By | Category: 1-4: Culture for Survival, Tribal College News

D-Q University library. College resources are used to promote literacy.

D-Q University is offering training and academic credit to people tutoring Native American children and adults in English and general education.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, a $48,600 grant will be used to train 20 tutors who will, in turn, offer literacy and GED training to about 100 stu­dents. Most students will be Native Americans, but the pro­gram will be open to anyone.

Project TOP (Tutoring Outreach Program) provides supervisors and support services for those who offer at least six hours of volunteer tutoring. The tutors can also receive free academic credit from the college. The federal grant did not allow the college to pay the volunteers.

According to Project Coordina­tor John Thomas, there is a need for the support that volunteer educators can provide. Children, especially, need encouragement to stay in school.

“Keeping children in school until they graduate is the primary need,” he said.

Already, one center is offering courses, but Thomas said the full program will not begin until the summer of 1990. The service will be coordinated by the five educa­tion centers run by D-Q through­out California. Tutors will be available in both rural and urban communities.

As separate projects, D-Q will also offer free English and citizen­ship classes for immigrants who have applied for citizenship under the general amnesty program. In addition, the college is offering classrooms for a literacy program sponsored by a local school district and an adult education school.

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