Volunteer Program Overview

Learn more about the College and Career Readiness Volunteer Program HERE!


Benefits

  • Meet people and engage in your community
  • Personal satisfaction and improve self-esteem
  • Dedicated students, faculty and staff
  • Volunteer support system
  • Materials provided
  • Frequent communication
  • Great learning experience
  • Career experience
  • Great on resumes

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers who donate their time to the College and Career Readiness department will be asked to tutor students who are in need of additional assistance in their chosen area.  Volunteer opportunities are available in the following program areas:

  • Foundational Skills – As a Foundational Skills tutor, you are given the opportunity to help students improve their language arts (reading and writing) and math skills.  Language arts tutors may be asked to assist students with reading comprehension, vocabulary, basic grammar, and much more.  Math tutors may be asked to assist students with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, or word problems.

  • General Education Development (GED) - As a GED preparation tutor, you have the opportunity to help adult improve their language arts (reading and writing) and math skills all the way to graduation.  Language arts tutors may be asked to assist students with reading comprehension, grammar, essay writing, and more.  Math tutors may be asked to assist with fractions, decimals, percentages, and algebra, geometry, or word problems.

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) - As an ESL tutor, you will be asked to work with small groups, tutor individual students and/or assist students on the computer.  Students are in this ESL lab to learn English in a multilevel lab.  Volunteers will be asked to work with lower level students with basic English skills.  Volunteers need to be comfortable using technology (computers) to help in this lab. Individual attention in this lab setting makes a world of difference to students!


Roles and Responsibilities

Our jobs are easier if we know what is expected of us.  Listed below are the main things you can expect from us and what we expect from your assistance in our Learning Resource Centers.

CPCC instructors are expected to:

  • Provide materials and support to the tutor
  • Provide clear and timely communication to volunteers and volunteer staff
  • Collect and maintain volunteer documentation

Persons who assist CPCC students are expected to:

Personal Responsibility:

  • Be dependable, recognizing the commitment and responsibility to volunteer assignment(s) as outlined by the instructor.
  • Be positive, encouraging, and optimistic at all times.
  • Accept assignment with an open mind and a willingness to learn.
  • Accept feedback from my supervisor in order to do the best job possible.
  • Avoid conflict of interest situations and refrain from actions that may be perceived as such.  Volunteers should reveal any potential or actual conflicts of interest as they arise.
  • Not accept tips, request meals to be paid for, or otherwise accept payment for my volunteer work.
  • Address ethical concerns by speaking directly with the colleague/responder with whom I have the concern and, when necessary, report such to my leader in the defined chain of command.

Respect:

  • Treat all individuals with a sense of dignity, respect, and worth. Make a personal commitment to be nonjudgmental about cultural differences, living conditions and the life-style of each person with whom I work.
  • Avoid profane and abusive language and disruptive behavior that is dangerous to self and others.
  • Abstain from the use of photo, audio or video recording equipment unless authorized.
  • Respect all confidential information.  Volunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary or privileged information to which they are exposed while serving as a volunteer, whether this information involves a single staff, volunteer, client or other person.
  • Not preach to anyone or pressure anyone to accept my political, cultural, or religious beliefs.
  • Comply with mandated reporting in cases of suspected child and vulnerable adult abuse or neglect.
  • Respect and use all equipment appropriately and as required for my assignment. Abstain from the use of county equipment/resources for personal use.

Safety:  See College Information for additional safety guidelines

  • Not uses, possesses, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at any time while serving as part of an active unit (in an emergency or as part of a non-emergency public health initiative).
  • Abstain from all illegal activity.
  • Follow safe workplace practices, including participation in applicable education sessions, using appropriate personal safety equipment and reporting accidents, injuries, and unsafe situations.
  • Report suspicious activities to my supervisor.
  • Recognize that I have a responsibility to adhere to the rules and procedures of the agency.  Failure to do so or failure to satisfactorily perform my volunteer assignment may cause me to be subject to dismissal.

Confidentiality

All student information is confidential.

Dress Code

Wear required identification (if applicable) and clothing.  All items of clothing must be suitable for the work environment and should not contain offensive or objectionable material (slogans or graphics).

Attendance Policy

Volunteers are asked to make a commitment to this opportunity.  Please see below for the General Tutor Agreement.

E-Newsletter

An opt-in e-newsletter is distributed monthly.  This e-newsletter will inform volunteers of important dates, departmental changes, volunteer opportunities updates, and much more!

Volunteers may opt-in to receive this newsletter when they complete their New Volunteer Registration or online at http://www.cpcc.edu/ccr/volunteer/newsletter.