Become a tutor

Every time somebody becomes a tutor for the Kalamazoo Literacy Council (KLC), we are one step closer to making Kalamazoo County 100 percent literate. All of our classes are offered through our Virtual Learning Center. Please review the online tutor opportunities, then sign up for a tutor training session using the form below. Thank you for your interest! 

You can help someone start a new chapter by becoming a reading tutor. The KLC trains tutors to work one-on-one with adult students to improve their reading, writing and spelling skills. No prior training or experience is required.

One needed:

The KLC offers basic writing classes online, to help students learn how to write essays, compose letters and complete assignments to prepare for the GED and entry into college. The classes are once a week and follow a curriculum.

Four needed:

Work with a learner to enhance their English reading, writing, spelling, and speaking skills. Tutors will be given materials to assist learners in achieving their goals. Requirements: 

  • Weekly sessions, 1-2 hours 
  • Record attendance and complete a monthly report 
  • Follow WIOA guidelines 
  • Encouraged to attend monthly ESL Forums

The KLC needs trained reading tutors who are interested in helping students learn at our Community Literacy Centers. Tutors work with a range of students from Laubach to Challenger on a weekly basis. These students are often times waiting for their permanent tutor or are students who want more instruction time.

Two needed:

Help learners enhance their basic computer skills (turning on a computer, using a mouse, keyboarding, etc). Written materials will be available to guide instruction. Requirements:

  • Weekly sessions, 1-2 hours 
  • Record attendance and complete a monthly report 
  • Encouraged to attend monthly Workforce Literacy Tutor Forums

Two needed:

Help learners on a path to a GED and/or enrolling at a community college or university. Work in PLATO Courseware as well as various supplemental materials based on need and answer PLATO and pre-GED questions. 

  • Weekly sessions, 1-2 hrs
  • Trained in Laubach and Challenger 
  • Trained in PLATO software (2 hrs) 
  • Record attendance and complete monthly report 
  • Follow WIOA guidelines 
  • Encouraged to attend monthly Workforce Literacy Forums

Two needed:

Work with learners who are seeking employment; tasks include completing resumes, cover letters, online job searching, and building the confidence to become employed. Requirements: 

  • Observe one JOBS session (training)
  • Assist with one JOBS session (training)
  • Record attendance and complete monthly report
  • Follow WIOA guidelines 
  • Encouraged to attend monthly Workforce Literacy Forums

Two needed:

An opportunity to work with learners and tutors to prepare them for services in the Virtual Learning Center. Troubleshoot video conferencing issues as well as basic computer setting problems. Requirements:

  • Proficient in Webex, Zoom, Google Hangouts/Google Meet, and Skype
  • Have tutored using video conferencing software
  • Is able to speak clearly and in non-tech words

Two needed: 

Assist learners with weekly activities and lessons in our “Parent Literacy Together” class, which helps parents become better first teachers of their children. Online classes are Tuesdays, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Requirements: 

  • Trained as a “Trusted Messenger” by Talking is Teaching 
  • Attend weekly classes 
  • Record attendance and complete monthly report
  • Encouraged to attend monthly Parent Literacy Forums


To become a tutor, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be able to read and write
  • Feel comfortable communicating with students
  • Participate in 12 hours of training (four sessions, three hours each)
  • Commit to a minimum of one year of service
  • Meet with student at least once a week at a time convenient for both in a public place such as library, church or school
  • Provide monthly updates on student’s progress


We have many tutor orientations scheduled throughout the year – so you can choose one that best fits your schedule. See all available dates.


Our tutoring services are free to students and we do not charge for tutoring or educational materials. However, there is a registration fee of $30 for tutors prior to training. If you are unable to pay this fee but are still interested in tutoring, contact us. We never turn away tutors because of an inability to pay the fee.

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