EAST CHICAGO | Communities in Schools (CIS) of Lake County will launch the NTA/CIS Lake County Indiana Training Center for tutors during its inaugural public Tutor Training in October, 2013. The authorized National Tutoring Association (NTA) regional training center will support schools, agencies, other organizations and individuals with an internationally respected tutor training classroom curriculum leading to national certification. CIS is expanding on its core mission of dropout prevention to enhance academic support in schools through the professional development and certification of tutors and academic coaches throughout the Lake County region.
Reflecting eleven years of providing integrated student services in public schools, Communities in Schools has observed a shortage of adults available and trained to be effective tutors. Needs assessments show that 87% of schools responding to a survey said they would like to see more trained tutors working with students. Many out- ‐of- ‐school program providers would like to upgrade their staff skills in providing academic assistance to students. Participating in the National Tutoring Association regional training center program is a natural solution. Pat Simes, Executive Director of CIS of Lake County, observes that “Out of school programs need more than warm bodies to help sustain momentum in academic achievement. Easy access to the NTA training provided by CIS will enable schools and programs to increase the quality and quantity of those providing academic assistance to students.” This latest initiative fits solidly within the mission of Communities In Schools “To surround students with a community of support empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life”. Tutor Certification is a designation that only the National Tutoring Association can give.