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Career Pathways seeks volunteer tutors to help with language, technology skills

College of Education's Study of Adult Literacy assisting adults who wish to obtain a General Education Development degree.

Career Pathways, a community outreach service of the Penn State College of Education’s Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, is recruiting volunteers to provide adults and youth who are no longer in school with language, literacy, numeracy and technology tutoring.

The program, funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, seeks to improve the basic skills of those lacking a secondary education to enable them to obtain a General Education Development degree and transition to postsecondary training or employment.

Tutors of Literacy in the Commonwealth provides the tutor training and covers adult learning theory and program expectations.

“We have outstanding, community-oriented and committed staff. Volunteers have unstinting support from staff and find the work extraordinarily gratifying,” Career Pathways director Michael Vail said.

Volunteers who complete tutor training meet twice weekly for 90-minute sessions with one learner to build skills through a learning-activity portfolio based on state-approved standardized assessments.

Career Pathways also works in tandem with PA CareerLink, a Pennsylvania workforce development system. The CareerLink in Bellefonte is a primary referral source for the Centre County program in the Bellefonte Catholic Charities.

Participants must be Pennsylvania residents, have required immigration visa status and be at least age 17 to enroll. Those under age 18 will be placed in a class with a Penn State staff member with requisite clearances. All learners matched with volunteer tutors are 18 or older.

The volunteer tutor training may be taken online. Career Pathways also welcomes interested classroom aides, site coordinators and resource specialists.

Volunteers must have a bachelors degree and commit to at least three months of tutoring for three hours per week.

Interested volunteers should contact Wendy McDowell at