Community Classroom to Offer Free Tutoring for GED, Citizenship Exam

PLAINVIEW – The Community Classroom at Wayland Baptist University has announced two new programs meant to help community members grow their skills.

Tutorial services for U.S. citizenship tests and pre-GED/GED tests will be offered beginning in February, intended to prepare residents for the exams in those areas.

According to Debbie Stennett, classroom director, the programs are a natural extension of the current offerings and the partnership with the Hale County Literacy Council, formed when the council moved into the classroom facility in April 2006.

“This dovetails from the literacy program and our English for Speakers of Other Languages program, and these folks have expressed an interest in continuing their learning,” Stennett said. “These are door-opening programs for people in our community. The citizenship program will allow them to vote and become involved, and the GED will allow them to do so many more things.”

The tutorial services for U.S. citizenship will involve one-on-one assistance in the areas of reading, writing and basic civics to individuals preparing for the citizenship test and interview. Students and tutors will meet weekly according to their schedules and work on the areas they feel are needed for the testing. The sessions will not cover the legal aspects of the naturalization process nor any paperwork but are only intended to prepare for the test and interview. Students will be responsible for the cost of instructional materials, which is $35.

The pre-GED/GED tutoring will involve one-on-one tutoring with students as they prepare to take the test for the General Equivalency Diploma. Students must be English-speaking and at least age 18. Basic instruction will be provided in reading, language and math. Sessions will be set by the tutor and student and recommended meetings will be at least two hours each week. Students will be responsible for the cost of instructional materials.

The actual GED testing will not be done at Wayland but is already offered at other entities in Plainview. The tutoring program is intended for those who need extra individual assistance before attempting one of the computer-based instruction programs in the city.

“Both programs will be driven by the student’s pace and learning needs. This kind of learning can’t be rushed, and these students already have lots of demands on them,” Stennett said.

Tutors are still needed for both programs. Training for the citizenship tutoring will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, and the GED tutor training will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon. Both sessions will include breakfast and will be held at the Community Classroom, located at 708 Yonkers.

To register for either of the programs as a student or tutor, contact Debbie Stennett at 291-3650.