The Tutoring Program

The Tutoring Programoffered by Parksville’s Career Centre, assesses the language and numeracy needs of adult learners who come to or are referred to the program.  It then matches these learners with appropriate tutors.  The tutors are volunteers, all of whom have been screened and trained.  The program also provides tutoring space and learning resources to the tutors and learners.  

The tutor training and the tutoring itself are free of charge.  Learners must be over 18 years old, or out of school for a year.  Tutoring sessions involve one-on-one instruction and mentoring in basic literacy with a focus on reading and writing skills.  Tutoring is also available in Math and basic computer skills.

In one guise or another, The Tutoring Program has been running in our community for almost 30 years.  It was supported first by Malaspina College (now Vancouver Island University) and is now supported by the Central Vancouver Island Job Opportunities Society (CVIJOBS) which operates in the community as The Career Centre. The Tutoring Program has trained 1000+ tutors and helped over 2000 learners since 1989.

Success Stories

An RN who emigrated to Canada from India in 2014 was helping to support her family by working as a care aide in local nursing homes. With language instruction and mentoring by a volunteer tutor, she is now fully qualified as an RN in Canada with a full-time job at a local hospital.
A young woman in her early twenties had been inadequately home-schooled and needed help with reading, writing, vocabulary, comprehension, spelling and math, all of which were assessed at an elementary or primary school level. By the end of 2 years in The Tutoring Program, she was accepted into a Dental Assistant program.
A 37 year old Spanish-speaking woman worked in the hospitality industry in Parksville for several years. After a year of regular tutoring, she completed English 10 and is now working as a dietary aide in a long-term care facility while also enrolled in a Health Aide course.
A young man who in his 20's was having trouble getting ahead. He worked as a day labourer on construction and on farms. With the help of the tutoring program he is now literate and doors are opening for him.