EAGLES Tutoring Takes Flight
More than 15 percent of Georgia’s adult population doesn’t finish high school, and for many the time and effort to get a General Education Development (GED) credential can be daunting. “The U.S. Department of Education reports about 1.2 million adults in Georgia without a high school diploma,” said College of Education Assistant Professor Amelia Davis. That’s why Davis decided to create EAGLES Tutoring, a weekly tutoring session for adults hosted in the College of Education. EAGLES (Enhancing Adult Georgians’ Life and Educational Skills) Tutoring is designed to help adult students seeking to improve their basic skills or obtain their GED®. Davis, who is in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, specializes in adult learning and adult basic education and worked in the field of adult education for 12 years prior to coming to Georgia Southern.
“It’s a great opportunity for adult learners to build their basic academic skills and for future educators in the College of Education to get firsthand experience developing strategies for working with parents who many not have a high school diploma or who may lack the basic skills needed to assist their child with schoolwork,” Davis said. Students who volunteer with the tutoring program receive training on working with adult learners, and may get service-learning credit.
“Ogeechee Technical College (OTC) in Statesboro provides a great basic education and GED preparation program,” Davis remarked. For the past two years Davis has volunteered time each week with Ogeechee Tech’s Adult Learning Program. “The EAGLES program is scheduled on Fridays when GED preparation isn’t offered at OTC, but I also wanted to broaden awareness of adult education by bringing it to Georgia Southern and to provide more opportunities for adults in our community,” she added. OTC’s lead adult education instructor, Nancy Holt, says that the one-on-one help provided by EAGLES Tutoring is a big boost for the area. “This is a wonderful program,” she remarked. “Students in our program who need extra help or want to get caught up have another option with this program. We’re not competing with each other, we’re working together to help the community,” she said. “It’s especially helpful because EAGLES Tutoring can provide the one-on-one attention we can’t always give,” she added. Holt is a COE alumna with undergraduate and graduate degrees in education.
While the program is new this fall, Davis said she expects it to grow as word gets out. “We’ve already had a positive response from COE majors and even faculty who are volunteering as tutors, and from the community. I hope with time that EAGLES Tutoring will really take off,” she added.
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