College Tutor

Name of agency and statement of purpose: The Karen Organization of Minnesota’s (KOM) mission is to build on the strengths of refugee and immigrant communities and remove barriers to achieving economic, social, and cultural wellbeing.

Purpose/objective: The college tutor will assist students in KOM’s training programs through one-on-one and small group tutoring to help college-aged students advance their careers. Programs needing tutoring assistance include the Interpreter Training Program (TRIN), the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program, and other training programs as needed. These programs are offered by KOM in partnership with Century College, Roseville Adult Learning Center, and other partners. Participants in the program speak a variety of languages in addition to English, including, Karen, Burmese, Karenni, Arabic, Somali, Spanish, and more.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist students with coursework outside of class time or during class individually and in small groups as needed
  • Help students with the use of classroom technology as needed (i.e. Google Classroom and D2L)
  • Help lower literacy-level students engage with the content and develop more understanding

Time commitment: Available at least once per week and commit to assisting through May 2023.  TRIN program weekly sessions will be held from 3:00 – 5:00pm on weekdays. CNA class will be held from 9:00am – 12:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at KOM’s office.

Location: Tutoring will be held at various locations in the East Metro, depending on the program. Locations may include KOM’s Office 2353 Rice Street, Suite 240, Roseville, MN 55113, the Roseville Adult Learning Center (in the Aŋpétu Téča Education Center building) 1910 County B Rd W, Roseville, MN 55113, and online on Zoom. The CNA class is currently meeting at KOM’s Office.

Qualifications: KOM is looking for college students or adults who are friendly, patient and want to help a first-generation college student navigate their courses and help with homework. Tutors must be flexible and comfortable in cross-cultural settings. Some experience tutoring, especially with English language learners, and a general knowledge of classroom technologies are beneficial. Experience using Google Classroom and/or D2L is preferred but not required. Interest in healthcare topics, linguistics, language studies, and/or translation and interpreting are a plus.

Benefits: This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn about healthcare, translation and interpreting while gaining tutoring experience. The tutor will also gain understanding of the ethical complexities of interpreting and working in cross-cultural settings.

How to apply/contact: Please complete KOM’s online Volunteer Application or contact Suzanne Olive to receive a paper application. Volunteers will attend a meeting to discuss their interest in being a tutor and be subject to a background check.

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