We are part of the Adult Basic Skills Department at CCC. ABS runs the GED® and ESL (English as a Second Language) classes in Astoria, Seaside, and Clatskanie.
Clatsop Community College is in Astoria at 1717 Lexington Avenue. The Volunteer Literacy Tutor Program office is located in the old Student Services Center (SSC), Southeast corner suite. Click here to find the Lexington Campus.
We’re here to help local residents gain or improve basic literacy skills. Many of our students are unable to enroll in regular classes because of long work hours, or because they lack transportation and childcare. We find and train volunteers who meet with and instruct adults in English as a Second Language, reading, writing and math.
Trainings are held regularly each term, and tutor orientations are provided on an ongoing, individual basis. We assess all students and provide free study materials. Most volunteers commit to 1-2 hours a week with their student.
Many tutors now work with Spanish-speakers. Some tutors work with native English speakers who want to obtain a GED or upgrade their reading, writing and math skills. We also help students study for the citizenship exam. Prior teaching experience or knowledge of a language other than English is not needed. Patience and a commitment to the student are the primary qualities of good literacy tutors. The tutor also must be able to relate to the learner as a peer, not as teacher and student.
Call for an Appointment
Are you eligible to become a US citizen? Have you met the residency requirements? Do you want to learn about the application process? The US Office of Citizenship and Immigration Services estimates that there are as many as 100,000 Oregon residents who are eligible to apply for citizenship. Come in to learn how to fill out the application, what the costs are, and review study materials needed to pass the English and civics exams. Learn how long the process takes and about conducting a successful interview. Tutors are available to help applicants with the English requirements. Call (503) 338-2557 or email email@example.com (link sends e-mail) to make an appointment.
Prospective volunteers often say “I’m not a trained teacher.” “I don’t speak Spanish.” “I can’t explain grammar rules!” Our program is designed so that you don’t have to be an education or language expert. The best literacy tutors are thoughtful listeners and have a curiosity about how others learn and live. Adult learners and their tutors are always partners, not unequal participants, in the learning process.
Prospective volunteers should call for an appointment to meet the coordinator, receive a short overview of the program, pass a background check and fill out the Volunteer Service Agreement (.pdf, 57 KB). Read the Volunteer Tutor Handbook (.pdf, 788 KB) to see if our program sounds like a good fit for you. Tutors are expected to attend at least 2 two-hour trainings each year.
Volunteering as a literacy tutor is a rewarding activity that helps individuals and contributes to the well-being of our community. If you would like to learn more about our programs, become a volunteer, or direct someone to us who might benefit from our services, please call or email Eileen Purcell @ (503) 338-2557.
Send completed forms to:
Clatsop Community College
1651 Lexington Ave.
Astoria, OR 97103